Job counts up slightly in October, jobless rate unchanged at 5.2%Montpelier (November 21, 2008) — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2008 was 5.2% percent, unchanged from the revised September rate and up 1.3 points from a year ago.”Though our employment and job numbers looked relatively good in October we believe that the impact is temporary,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “The increases we saw in seasonally adjusted employment and jobs may have been due to our surveys capturing a favorable foliage season. Never-the-less we welcome the stability in our unemployment rate in an environment where our national rate grew four-tenths of a point.”Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew by 2,000 or 0.6% from September to October. Despite this growth, Total Non-Farm jobs remains down by 0.3%, or about 900 jobs, over the year. The largest monthly gainers in October were Local Education (+1,750 or 7.6%), Retail Trade (+500 or 1.3%) and Accommodations (+400 or 4.3%). On an annual basis Healthcare & Social Assistance is the only sector showing significant job growth (+950 or 2.1%). The Manufacturing and Construction sectors have contracted by 750 and 950 jobs respectively over the year.When seasonally adjusted, job levels increased by 500 or 0.2% over September, but still lag a year ago by 900 or -0.3%. Leisure & Hospitality was primarily responsible for the job gain over the month, (+800 jobs or 2.5%). We believe this to be a temporary phenomenon caused by our sample capturing the impact of a favorable foliage season whereas in most years it does not.Employment GrowthVermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in labor force and employment were statistically significant and greater than September values, but unemployment levels and rates were not. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.5 percent, up four-tenths of a point form September 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in Hartford to 6.2 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent, down three-tenths of a point from September 2008 and up 1.3 points from a year ago.
Serena Williams apologized to Naomi Osaka for her outburst in the U.S. Open final but maintains the incident demonstrated the unequal treatment received by female and male competitors.Williams went down 6-2, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium last September as Osaka claimed her first Grand Slam crown. But it was her veteran opponent’s reaction on the way to being denied a record-tying 24th major triumph that stole the headlines, with Williams responding furiously to umpire Carlos Ramos handing her a game penalty after the official initially penalized her for a coaching violation.In an article for Harper’s Bazaar, the 37-year-old explained she took a long time to get over the defeat and started seeing a therapist. She concluded the potential impact upon Osaka was the root of her lingering disquiet, so reached out to the young player. Related News Sensational Serena Williams fends off Alison Riske in Wimbledon thriller “Finally I realized that there was only one way for me to move forward. It was time for me to apologize to the person who deserved it the most,” Williams wrote. “I started to type, slowly at first, then faster as if the words were flowing out of me.”Her message read: “Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other.”I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete.”I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love, your fan, Serena.”pic.twitter.com/QAdx7HsfmI— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 3, 2018In a response that reduced Williams to tears, Osaka said, “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” and added, “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.”At the time, Williams complained to tournament referee Brian Earley that her punishment was disproportionate when set against male players who have behaved in the same way. Osaka’s reply sharpened her focus on this.”This incident—though excruciating for us to endure—exemplified how thousands of women in every area of the workforce are treated every day,” she continued. “We are not allowed to have emotions, we are not allowed to be passionate. We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I’m okay with. “It’s shameful that our society penalizes women just for being themselves.”Reflecting upon her career struggles, Williams added: “In short, it’s never been easy. But then I think of the next girl who is going to come along who looks like me, and I hope, ‘Maybe, just maybe, my voice will help her.'”Osaka added this year’s Australian Open to her haul, while Williams progressed to the semifinals of Wimbledon on Tuesday with gripping 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Alison Riske.