Weekly unemployment claims slip again after Irene

first_img       Changes From Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200   Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400   Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500   Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor. There were 572 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 36 from the week before, as new claims fell for the thrid consecutive week following a two-week spike in claims resulting from Tropical Storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 5,787 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 194 from a week ago and 1,475 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,412 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 31 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 722 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 5 fewer 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 increased two-tenths in August to 5.9 percent. See story HERE.    August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010 Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted)last_img read more

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Life rebounded just years after the dinosaurkilling asteroid struck

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Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrycenter_img Joe Tucciarone/Science Source As part of an effort to understand how planets respond to large impacts, a team of scientists in 2016 drilled into the 180-kilometer Chicxulub crater, the only impact structure linked to a global extinction event. The team brought up hundreds of roughly arm-length sediment cores. Some bore the scars of the extreme temperatures and pressures of the event, which drove rocks to behave like a fluid: Mountains the height of the Himalayas rose and fell within the span of minutes. One core, taken from roughly 600 meters below the modern sea floor, contained 76 centimeters of dull brown limestone—not much to look at, but perhaps the most treasured swath of sediment from the entire drilling project, at least to Chris Lowery.Lowery, a paleoceanographer at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics in Austin, and his colleagues began to analyze the fine grains of sediment that made up the limestone. Relying on equations that describe how long it takes tiny particles to settle through a liquid, they calculated that the grains were deposited on the sea floor rapidly after the impact, in just a few years. When Lowery and his colleagues peered into the layers of limestone, they found numerous fossils and burrows, evidence of small worms, shelled creatures known as foraminifera, and plankton. Life was back.But how did life colonize Chicxulub’s ground zero so quickly? It had nothing to do with the magnitude of the impact or the crater’s size, Lowery says. Instead, the deciding factor may have been the crater’s shape. Chicxulub’s northeastern flank was open to the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed deep, nutrient-carrying water to circulate throughout the crater, the team reports today in Nature. In contrast, the Chesapeake Bay crater was closed, which meant oxygen consumed by decomposing organic matter was not replenished, and aerobic life would have quickly died. “You basically had a dead zone,” Lowery says.Lowery and his colleagues suggest the Chicxulub impact holds lessons for ocean life today, which is threatened by oxygen depletion, ocean acidification, and rising temperatures. “It’s probably the only event that happened faster than modern climate change and pollution,” Lowery says. “It might be an important analog for the recovery of biodiversity after we finally curtail carbon dioxide emissions and pollution.” When a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid hit the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago, it drove over 75% of Earth’s species to extinction, including the dinosaurs. But within just a few years, life returned to the submerged impact crater, according to a new analysis of sediments in the crater. Tiny marine creatures flourished thanks to the circulation of nutrient-rich water. That return of life could offer lessons in how marine ecosystems might recover after the dramatic shifts caused by climate change, the researchers suggest.The new findings reveal “how resilient life can be,” says Gareth Collins, a planetary scientist at Imperial College London who was not involved in the research. “Such a rapid recovery … is remarkable.”Some scientists hypothesize that life might slowly creep back into impact craters, perhaps because of toxic metals such as mercury and lead scattered by the impact. Other impact craters tell a tale similar to that idea: The 85-kilometer Chesapeake Bay crater, for instance, was devoid of life for thousands of years after a comet or asteroid hit modern-day Virginia some 35 million years ago. By Katherine KorneiMay. 30, 2018 , 1:00 PMlast_img read more

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