WCCA TV News and Information Roundup: November 19, 2015

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Ribbon Cutting for Worcester’s First Community Aquaponics Greenhouse

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place:
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
at 2:00pm
Behind Stone Soup, 4 King St, Worcester, MA 01610 (come to back lot)

After months of planning and building, the seven partners in the collaborative project will celebrate the completion of the aquaponics greenhouse at the Stone Soup Community Center. Join us for tours of the new greenhouse, demonstrations of the aquaponics system and speakers from several of the partners.

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City of Worcester Officials To Meet Tomorrow with New England Mayors and Law Enforcement Officials to Collaborate on Gun Violence Reduction in the Region

Summit participants will focus on efforts to reduce the trafficking of illegal firearms and explore local measures to prevent violent gun crime
 
BOSTON – Officials from Mayor Joseph M. Petty’s office, the Division of Public Health, and the Worcester Police Department will meet Thursday with New England Mayors and law enforcement officials to discuss specific strategies to address gun safety, security and illegal guns. The meeting will be held at the Shelburne Community Center, at 2730 Washington Street in Roxbury. The meeting is closed to the press but there will be a press availability at noon.

Hosted by City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the New England Regional Gun Violence Summit will bring together representatives from several dozen cities in New England in response to the recent nationwide increase in gun violence. Officials will discuss and collaborate on new ideas and initiatives to address gun violence, strategies and tools focused on illegal guns, firearms education, and violence reduction strategies.

Regional and national policy experts will be on hand to offer presentations on information sharing and local, state and law enforcement best practices to the divert firearms from criminals and prohibited purchasers.
 
Attendees at the Summit will include:
Mayors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Police Chiefs and Commissioners from the New England region
Gun Policy Subject matter experts

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Massachusetts Gained 11,000 Jobs in October Unemployment Rate Remained at 4.6 Percent

BOSTON, MA – November 19, 2015 –The state’s total unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent in October, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.

The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts added 11,000 jobs in October. The largest over the month job gains occurred in Education and Health Services; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; and Other Services sectors. Year-to-date Massachusetts has added 62,800 jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised preliminary job estimates for September that originally indicated Massachusetts lost 7,100 jobs. BLS revised estimates for September show the state lost 2,200 jobs.

The October preliminary estimates show 3,396,900 Massachusetts residents were employed during the month, and 164,000 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,560,900.

The labor force decreased by 8,700 from 3,569,600 in September, as 9,600 fewer residents were employed and 900 more residents were unemployed over the month.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent from 5.5 percent in October 2014. There were 32,000 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared to October 2014.

The October state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.0 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Massachusetts continues to add jobs, and the labor market is strong. We frequently hear from employers that they have jobs to fill, which is a good position for the state to be in,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II said.

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 64.7 over the month. The labor force participation rate over the year has decreased 0.8 of a percentage point compared to October 2014.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Construction; Other Services; Leisure and Hospitality; and Education and Health Services.

October 2015 Employment Overview

Education and Health Services added 5,200 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 23,700 (+3.2%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 3,000 (+0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 26,300 (+5.1 %) jobs.

Other Services added 1,600 (+1.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 4,400 (+3.3%) jobs.

Construction gained 700 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 4,300 (+3.4%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality added 600 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 11,400 (+3.3%) jobs.

Manufacturing gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing added 200 (+0.1%) jobs.

Financial Activities added 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 2,900 (+1.4%) jobs.

Information gained 100 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 1,200 (+1.4%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 500 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 400 (-0.1%) jobs.

Government had no change in its jobs level over the month. Over the year, Government gained 6,700 (+1.5%) jobs.
Labor Force Overview

The October estimates show 3,396,900 Massachusetts residents were employed and 164,000 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,560,900. The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. The October labor force decreased by 8,700 from 3,569,600 in September, as 9,600 fewer residents were employed and 900 more residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, was 64.7, a decrease of 0.2 of a percentage point over the month. The labor force was 17,300 below the 3,578,200 October 2014 estimate, with 14,800 more residents employed and 32,000 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES:
The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.
Local area unemployment statistics for October 2015 will be released on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The preliminary November 2015 and revised October 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, December 17, 2015. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for a complete list of release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.
submitted by
Colleen Quinn | Communications Director
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Office: 617-626-7121 | Cell: 617-894-4550

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