Weekly unemployment claims continue upward climb

first_imgThere were 1,361 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, the second time in three weeks claims have spiked over 1,000 and now exceed the post Tropical Irene spike. This is an increase of 246 from the week before. Last summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. The numbers then dropped signifcantly in the following weeks, but in the last several weeks there has been mostly an increase in the number of new claims. The latest numbers are more than double the initial claims observed in July and August.Altogether 7,113 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 58 from a week ago, and 2,613 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,384 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 173 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 601 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 78 fewer more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths in October to 5.6 percent. SEE STORY HERE.last_img read more

24 dead as wedding bus falls off bridge in India

first_imgTopics : Villagers and rescue workers were seen in images broadcast from the scene trying to retrieve bodies from the river as the bus lay upside down in the water.India records more than 150,000 road deaths each year which are widely blamed on badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.Last month, 26 people were killed when a bus collided with an autorickshaw and fell into a well in western India. A bus carrying a wedding party crashed into a river Wednesday in India’s western state of Rajasthan killing 24 passengers, including 10 women, police said.The driver lost control as the bus, with 28 people on board, was crossing a bridge, according to Bundi district police superintendent Shrivaj Meena.”The bus was carrying a marriage party from Kota. The bus fell off a bridge,” Meena told AFP.last_img read more