This is breaking news. Please check back here for updates. First-time claims for unemployment insurance continued a modest trend down last week, though the total remains well above what was considered normal prior to the coronavirus pandemic and was a touch higher than Wall Street estimates.The Labor Department reported Thursday that 751,000 U.S. workers filed for benefits, compared to 758,000 from the week before. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 741,000. This was the third straight week that claims were below 800,000, and the four-week moving average fell to 787,000.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – At the same time, the total for those receiving benefits showed a sharp decline, falling by 1.15 million to 21.5 million. For the same period in 2019, there were 1.44 million people getting benefits, reflecting just how deep the jobless problem remains in the coronavirus pandemic era.The insured unemployment rate, which is a simple computation of those receiving benefits against the total workforce, fell 0.3 percentage points to 5%. The headline unemployment rate, which includes multiple other factors, is expected to edge lower to 7.7% from the 7.9% level in September.Illinois saw the biggest weekly increase in claims, climbing 23,200 to 53,138, according to unadjusted data. Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania all reported gains of more than 3,000. Massachusetts reported the biggest decline at 9,055 while Florida, Georgia and Michigan also reported substantial decreases.- Advertisement – The numbers come a day before the government’s official nonfarm payrolls report, which is expected to show a gain of 530,000 in October. However, this week’s report is not part of the survey week the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to compute the monthly number.Claims have been trending lower since the late-March peak of 6.9 million but remain elevated by historical standards. The pre-pandemic peak was 695,000 in October 1982.Continuing claims fell for the sixth straight week, this time by 538,000 to nearly 7.3 million. However, part of the reason for that was the continued migration from those losing benefits into the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Assistance program, which saw its rolls increase by 277,564 to 3.96 million. Continuing claims are delayed by a week.- Advertisement –
Defensor even sought to revive the “fouro’clock habit” when people gather to clean their surroundings every 4 p.m. ILOILO – Brief rain showers did nothamper the province-wide cleanup drive dubbed “Limpyo Iloilo.” Hundreds ofvolunteers from the province’s 43 local government units took part inFriday’s simultaneous activity. For his part, Santa Barbara mayor RemaSomo, supports the revival of four o’clock habit or the “once a week search forkey containers and other breeding sites of mosquitoes and eventually destroythem at 4-o’clock in the afternoon in every household” as one of the preventivemeasure against dengue. “Cleanliness should become a way of life.We must first appreciate cleanliness, so we can make it a habit,” stressedDefensor in his speech at Santa Barbara National High School (SBNHS). Defensor also reminded Ilonggos of theprovincial ordinance that regulates the use of single-use plastics, which hepointed to as the top source of trash in the province. The program’s launch at the SBNHS wasattended by about 600 national and local government employees. According to Defensor, he wanted theprovince to have a “clean province identity” through the campaign. Volunteers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology join the province-wide cleanup drive dubbed “Limpyo Iloilo” on Friday. The activity promotes culture and character of cleanliness, and spirit of volunteerism among Ilonggos, says Gov. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., who led thelaunching of the campaign in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, underscored the importanceof cleanliness in addressing not only visual pollution but also in curbing thespread of communicable diseases. The provincial government has previouslylaunched several cleanup initiatives amid the dengue scare last year. Theseincluded the Brigada Eskwela Kontra Dengue; province-wide cleanup drive heldevery Saturday which lasted for a month; and the one-day cleanup of the entireCapitol premises. (Capitol News/PN) The Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO) spearheads this campaign which will be done everythird Saturday of each month in line with Provincial Ordinance No. 2018-184,Series of 2019 (“An ordinance requiring all local government units in coastalareas of the province of Iloilo to conduct a community-based coastal clean-upactivity once a month”). “Single-use plastic is the number onesource of litter and we must use ‘alat’ (handwoven basket) when we go to themarket,” he said. Other “Limpyo” partners come fromnongovernment organizations, the religious sector, people’s organizations,youth organizations, and cooperatives. “We don’t end here. This is just thebeginning,” he said.
By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 23) – Austin Luellen tamed not one but two divisions Sunday at Stuart Speedway, topping both the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features.Luellen took over on lap two and his brother Clint moved into second on lap three of the SportMod main. For the next 12 laps, the Luellen brothers stole the show with Clint working high and low, pulling alongside Austin time after time.Try as he may, Austin held the top line around the track and went on to the win. Clint finished second.Luellen made it to second on lap four of the Hobby Stock feature and made the pass to the front on lap six. With a SportMod win already under his belt he looked to take the hardware in a second class.One last yellow on lap 11 slowed the field, but no one was stopping Luellen as he went on to take his second win of the night.Other winners were John Emerson in the IMCA Late Models, Nick Roberts in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Brandon Pruitt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Cody Cleghorn in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Sunday, Aug. 30 will be Plowman/Stanley Trenching Season Championship Night.