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US Census: Counties in Vermont have lower than average wages

first_imgEmployment in Vermont’s only large county, Chittenden, increased 0.2 percent from December 2011 to December 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2011 annual average employment.) The employment gain in Chittenden ranked 274th among the 328 large counties in the nation, and was below the national increase of 1.9 percent. Vermont overall ranks 38th nationally in average weekly wages.Nationally, employment increased in 287 of the 328 largest counties from December 2011 to December 2012. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment was recorded in Elkhart, Ind., up 7.4 percent. Sangamon, IL, posted the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the large counties in the US with a loss of 2.5 percent.Employment in Chittenden County was 98,986 in December 2012, accounting for 32.3 percent of employment statewide. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties accounted for 71.3 percent of total U.S. employment. The average weekly wage in Chittenden County rose 4.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012 to $981. (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 4.7 percent over the year to $1,000.Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 13 counties in Vermont with employment below 75,000. All 13 smaller counties in Vermont had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)Large County Wage ChangesChittenden County’s 4.1-percent wage increase from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012 placed 104th nationally. (See table 1.) Nationwide, 316 of the 328 largest counties had over-theyear increases in average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2011. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (107.3 percent).Of the 328 largest counties, 10 experienced over-the year decreases in average weekly wages. Lake, Ohio, had the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 3.2 percent. Passaic, N.J., had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, followed by Genesee, Mich.; Atlantic, N.J.; and Benton, Wash.Large County Average Weekly WagesThe average weekly wage in Chittenden County placed 109th among the 328 largest U.S. counties in the fourth quarter of 2012. The county’s $981 average weekly wage was $19 below the national average.Among the highest-paid large U.S. counties, San Mateo, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $3,240. New York, N.Y., was second with an average weekly wage of $2,107, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,906), and Suffolk, Mass. ($1,724).Horry, S.C. ($576) reported the lowest wage nationwide, followed by the counties of Cameron and Hidalgo, Texas ($609 and $612, respectively). Wages in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, were less than one-fifth of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, San Mateo, Calif.Average Weekly Wages in Vermont’s Smaller CountiesThe 13 counties in Vermont with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,000. Among these smaller counties, Washington had the highest wage ($861) followed by Franklin ($820). Essex reported the lowest weekly wage, averaging $638 in the fourth quarter of 2012.When all 14 counties in Vermont are considered, 4 reported average weekly wages under $699, 7 had wages from $700 to $799, and 3 had wages of $800 or more. The lowest paid counties, those with wages below $699, were generally located in the northern part of the state. (See chart 1.)last_img read more

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Countdown to Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon 2014

first_imgMore than 2,000 triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and bay waters of San Francisco for the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Sending racers on a challenging 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline, an 18 mile hilly bike ride out to Golden Gate Park and an eight mile trail run through the Presidio, this high profile athletic event showcases the beauty of San Francisco.This world renowned triathlon, in which only 2,000 pro triathletes, age groupers and relay teams can participate, is sold out within hours of the registration opening every year. Fans will not want to miss this world class sporting event at the Marina Green where they can see the swim start and end, the athlete transition areas and the finish line.Spectators are also invited to enjoy the free Fitness Festival & Expo throughout the weekend featuring dozens of vendors, product demonstrations, giveaways, music, food and more.Saturday 31 May11:00 – 18:00 PT – Fitness Festival & Expo and Participant Packet Pick-upSunday 1 June07:30 – Race Start11:45 – Awards Ceremony06:30 – 14:30 – Fitness Festival & ExpoAthletes participate in the following classes: professional men and women; amateur men and women: 17-19, 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+; CEO challenge; corporate relay; and challenged athletes.The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is owned and produced by IMG Worldwide with race direction provided, in part, by Premier Event Management.www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.comwww.imgworld.com IMG Worldwide, the global sports, media and events company behind the annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon series has begun the countdown to the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, which will take place on Sunday 1 June 2014.The race resumes to its regular date in late May / early June, following an earlier than usual race date in March 2013. Last year’s event was brought forward due to the 2013 America’s Cup yachting race, which took over the San Francisco area from April 2013.Current sponsors for the event include: Babson, Cytomax, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Muscle Milk, Sierra Nevada and TriBike Transport. New sponsors are also in the pipeline and are expected to be announced in April. Relatedlast_img read more

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First-time car buyer program

first_imgOne of the initiatives in Directions Credit Union’s 2006 strategic plan was to find ways to attract younger members to the credit union, specifically the Gen Y segment. After researching a variety of sources, we concluded that a first-time car buyer product was arguably the best way for us to attract younger members.Who doesn’t remember their first car? The institution that finances a first auto purchase and makes it a positive experience has an excellent chance of developing a lifelong relationship with that younger consumer.Our first-time car buyer program is tailored to attract the younger borrower who has little or no credit, short job time, and minimum income—in other words, those borrowers who would not qualify at all, using industry standard underwriting, or, at best, would only qualify with the help of a co-signer. We wanted our product to make it possible for younger borrowers to obtain their auto financing in their own names. The logic was that this would create a more loyal member.We designed our underwriting criteria carefully, taking into account the possible characteristics of a first-time car buyer, while at the same time mitigating the risk associated with this type of lending as best as possible. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Gophers go undefeated in Georgia

first_imgGophers go undefeated in Georgia Mark HeiseFebruary 25, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHeading into the Georgia Southern tournament over the weekend, Minnesota softball coach Lisa Bernstein said the Gophers were looking for a tournament championship.up next Dartmouthwhat: Softballwhen: 3 p.m., Fridaywhere: Marin, Tenn.Five games later, that’s exactly what they got.Minnesota swept through the tournament Saturday to improve its record to 11-5, beating Georgia Southern and Oakland twice each and Jacksonville once, playing three games Saturday and two Sunday.“The kids did a great job. We hit the ball, fielded well,” coach Lisa Bernstein said. “They stepped up and they won this thing. I’m really proud of them.”Following Friday’s cancellation due to rain, Minnesota came out strong on Saturday, showing strength in pitching by allowing just two runs, one earned over 20 innings of work.The Gophers hit the ball well in all three games, topping Oakland 9-2, while shutting out Georgia Southern 8-0 and Jacksonville 1-0.Junior pitcher Katie Dalen pitched seven strong innings against Oakland, striking out nine while allowing just one earned run.“We definitely got ahead in every at bat and kept the walks down,” Dalen said. “Our defense behind us did a great job too. I think the past two weekends we were missing things here or there, but this weekend we were clicking.”Offensively, Minnesota pounded out 11 hits while facing three different pitchers. Senior second baseman Amber Nelson collected three hits and scored twice, while freshman first baseman Malisa Barnes collected a pair of hits and two RBIs.The Gophers exploded for a six-run inning in the fourth, and tacked on their last three runs in the fifth and sixth. Junior pitcher Briana Hassett followed up Dalen’s strong outing with two of her own, giving up just six hits in a pair of shutouts over Georgia Southern and Jacksonville.Hassett lowered her ERA to 2.02 and collected her fifth and sixth wins of the season, as Minnesota gave its pitcher good run support, scoring eight against the Eagles.Barnes and Nelson both homered and collected three hits each to continue to lead the Gophers’ scoring barrage. The top of the lineup collected 10 of the team’s 11 hits, sending Minnesota to the 8-0 win.“It was a lot of fun,” Nelson said. “We were making contact with the ball, defense was solid, and pitching was solid. It was a great day for us.”Senior outfielder Colleen Powers drove home the only run against the Dolphins, bringing home Nelson in the second inning to contribute to a 1-0 victory.Dalen and Hassett were both sharp Sunday as well, allowing just three hits and a run between the two games to pick up a tournament win.Dalen tossed a one-hit shut-out against Oakland in the first game, and the Gophers scored their only runs on a three-run triple in the first inning by sophomore outfielder Heidi Carls, leading to the 3-0 victory.Hassett sealed the tournament win against Georgia Southern, pitching a two-hitter and allowing just one run on a solo homer.Minnesota scored two in the first and two in the second, as senior outfielder Sila Fernandez doubled home two runs and Nelson drove home the other two. Hassett took care of the rest, striking out 12 in the 4-1 win.“I keep telling our pitchers to let us play a little bit,” Nelson joked about the strikeout totals. “But they just keep shutting people down. It’s a great feeling to be able to count on them to get the job done.”last_img read more

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Ryan Companies adds retail development talent

first_imgRyan Companies US, Inc. announced the expansion of its southwest development team. Josh Rogers has joined Ryan to further strengthen retail development business in Ryan’s Southwest division as its Director of Development for Retail.Rogers brings to Ryan Companies extensive knowledge of strategy development and implementation for major retailers as well as a wealth of experience in real estate acquisition and land development for large and small projects.“Josh has built a decade of strong relationships throughout the southwest region,” says Rick Collins, president of the Ryan Companies Southwest region. “Josh spent the last 11 years at Walmart Stores, during which time he was responsible for the development of more than 150 stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. His talent and market knowledge will heighten Ryan’s ability to advance and execute comprehensive, tactical plans on behalf of our retail clients.”An expert in complex negotiations and financial modeling, Rogers is an effective communicator who has led diverse teams to manage high value projects across the country. Rogers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, in Finance and Real Estate and is active in philanthropic activities, serving as president elect for Executive Council 70 and as an Ambassador for Junior Achievement.last_img read more

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Drop the Pasta, Dad, and No One Gets Hurt

first_imgThe New York Times: Want to avoid being the mop-up guy at dinner?“Portion the food out on the stove, before you start eating,” Mr. Fabricatore said. “Add a little distance and effort to get a second helping.”And try portioning the food in the fridge, like cutting the block of Cheddar into small containers. That’s the advice of Rena Wing, professor of psychiatric behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where she studies weight loss tactics. Her point: when portions are big, our appetites can follow. “Do the prepackaging for yourself,” she said.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Unlabeled irradiation, cholera in Haiti, scarlet fever update, gonorrhea superbug

first_imgJul 11, 2011USDA rejects proposal for unlabeled irradiation of beef carcassesThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned down a long-pending request from the meat industry to use low-dose irradiation to reduce bacteria on the surface of beef carcasses without noting the step on product labels, according to Food Safety News (FSN). The USDA said the request was lacking in technical details. The American Meat Institute (AMI), a trade group, in a 2005 request asked regulators to classify low-dose, low-penetration electron-beam irradiation of chilled carcasses as a processing aid, which would exempt it from labeling requirements. In a letter rejecting the request, Dr. Daniel Engeljohn of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said the geometry of beef carcasses might lead to an uneven radiation dose and that the AMI did not define “low dose” or “low penetration.” Engeljohn also said the AMI request did not address the possibility that meat from a treated carcass could be irradiated again at a later processing stage, possibly leading to an excessive cumulative radiation dose. He wrote that the AMI could submit a new request with more details and that in the meantime, meat processors can irradiate beef carcasses so long as the step is noted on product labels. AMI Foundation President Jim Hodges said the technical issues cited by Englejohn “could have been worked out” and that AMI was only asking the FSIS to begin the process of changing the labeling policy. The story noted that the meat industry dislikes the labeling requirement because it thinks consumers won’t accept irradiation.Jul 11 FSN storyHaiti continues to face cholera crisisHaiti is continuing to face a high volume of cholera cases even though the numbers have dropped in recent weeks, according to a Jul 9 Associated Press (AP) report. With transmission driven by weeks of heavy rains, the cholera case count reached about 1,700 a day in mid June, three times as high as in March. The number was down to about 1,000 per day by the end of June, the report said. At a treatment center in Mirabalais, about an hour north of Port-au-Prince, the capital, the number of patients increased fivefold from April to May and has not dropped since then. Haiti’s health ministry said cholera has struck at least 370,000 people and killed more than 5,500 since the epidemic started last October, according to the story.Jul 9 AP reportHong Kong scarlet fever cases top 800Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported 35 more cases of scarlet fever, pushing the outbreak total to 850, according to a statement today. It still classifies scarlet fever activity as high. The latest new cases, reported between Jul 8 and today, include 25 boys and 10 girls who range in age from 3 to 18 years. The number of fatal infections remained at 2, both of which were in children.Jul 11 CHP scarlet fever updateNew gonorrhea strain resists all antibioticsA research team from Canada’s Laval University in Quebec City has identified a previously unknown Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain that resists all available antibiotics. The group presented its findings at the annual meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research, which is taking place Jul 10 through Jul 13 in Quebec City, according to a EurekAlert press release yesterday. The finding could signal that the usually treatable disease could pose a global public health threat, the group said. The strain, which the team called H041, has genetic mutations that make it extremely resistant to all cephalosporins, the last remaining drugs that are still effective against the disease. Dr Magnus Unemo, from the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, said in the statement it’s too early to tell if the strain has become widespread, but the bacteria’s resistance history suggests it could spread rapidly unless new treatments are developed.Jul 10 EurekAlert press releaseIn another gonnorhea development, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state health partners, recently reported that markers of decreased susceptibility to cephalosporins have increased over the past decade, according to findings from the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project. The findings appeared Jul 8 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The pattern was most prevalent in western states and in men who have sex with men, a trend previously seen with fluoroquinolone-resistant N gonorrhoeae. The CDC said the possible emergence of cephalosporin resistance is worrisome, because no other well-studied or effective treatment options or combinations are currently available.Jul 8 MMWR reportlast_img read more

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Cities can lead Britain’s return to growth

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Bonackers Back In The Pool

first_imgSeven seniors will be leading a larger East Hampton swim team roster this season.Of those seven, Olivia Brabant, Julia Brierley, Darcy McFarland, and Sophia Swanson have been named captains. Other seniors include Reghan Anderson, Eva Doyle, and Tiana Treadwell. Brierley and Swanson, along with freshman returner Jane Brierley, were part of the 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle quartets that obliterated the Suffolk County records in both events at the championship meet, and went on to place 13th and 24th in the state, respectively.“They will all help to instill to the rest of the team the positive character values that our team culture embodies,” said head coach Craig Brierley, Julia’s father. “Our first two weeks of preseason went well, as the girls continue to adjust to the routine, connect with their teammates, and reconnect with the water.”The Bonackers boasted a 6-2 overall record, and were 5-0 in League III last season, but Brierley, along with assistant coach Anita LaGrassa, have no problem getting back to basics with their swimmers. During practice, the girls have been focused building the breaststroke and butterfly, the turn for those strokes, and time trials for 100 breaststroke and fly.East Hampton held its annual Maroon v Gray meet at the YMCA East Hampton RECenter September 7, where Gray edged Maroon 55-47.“It is always nice to see our team supporting each other and growing together in a positive competitive environment,” Brierley said. “Afterwards, the breakfast organized by the parents was fantastic. It is a nice way for parents and athletes to mingle and get to know each other.”Following tradition, the team captains named their swimmers of the meet. Gray team captains Julia Brierley and Darcy McFarland recognized Pierson junior Catalina Badilla, and Maroon captains Olivia Brabant and Sophia Swanson chose East Hampton freshman Maddie Elflein.“The captains appreciated the sacrifice each girl made to compete in multiple events and how they stepped up help out their respective teams,” Brierley said.East Hampton travels to Ward Melville September 12 and hosts Northport/Commack September 17 in nonleague matchups that both begin at 5 PM. The Bonackers welcome West Islip to their pool for their league opener September 27 at 5 PM.desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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2019 in Review: Air Liquide

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