Previous to the BP Oil and Gas Rupture Baton Rouge was ranked among the 21st strongest citiy economies in the nation. It was NOT all about oil, either. (click title to entry - thnak you)
It is time to stop Offshore Drilling, we don't need it, we need our local economies FIRST.
Jobs Growth Continues in May, as Unemployment Rate Falls
By PATRICK MCGEEHAN
New York City’s unemployment rate fell again in May, remaining below the national unemployment rate for the second month in a row, according to data released on Thursday by the State Labor Department.
The city’s unemployment rate, which has declined every month this year, dropped to 9.6 percent from 9.8 percent in April, the figures show. It had reached 10.5 percent at the end of 2009 and was higher than the national rate through the fall and winter. The national unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in May, down from 9.9 percent in April.
The city added almost 15,000 private-sector jobs in May — close to the norm for the month — with hiring picking up at employment agencies, doctors’ offices, museums and restaurants, the numbers show. Public-sector job figures were helped by the federal government’s temporary hiring of census takers.
Tenn. jobless rate declines to 10.4 percent in May
Tennessee's unemployment rate for May was 10.4 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month.
Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley said Thursday that "gains from the census jobs aside, the modest employment growth in Tennessee continues to be positive."
The federal government increased by 10,100 due to the hiring of temporary census workers.
Neeley said the state is experiencing slightly higher monthly job growth than the national average. The national unemployment rate in May was 9.7 percent.
The state's biggest job gains were in the fields of leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.
06.17.2010 2:17 pm
Illinois job rate dip largest in 27 years
By Steve Giegerich
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Digg Yahoo! Del.icio.us Facebook Reddit Drudge Google Fark Stumble It! Illinois, where joblessness has topped 11 percent since the end of 2009, experienced the steepest one month drop in 27 years in May as the unemployment rate dipped to 10.8 percent.
Illinois registered an 11.2 percent unemployment rate in April.
The Department of Employment Security delivered the Illinois numbers Thursday with the same caveat attached to the releases of unemployment figures for the nation (9.7 percent) and Missouri (9.3 percent).
“….Much of the growth is attributed to Census 2010,” the agency acknowledged.
The IDES nonetheless saw some signs of encouragement in a jobless rate that has declined steadily for five consecutive months, citing gains in manufacturing jobs (+2,400), education and health services (+1,900 and professional and business services, which added 1,300 jobs last month and 18,700 positions – more than any other sector – since the start of the year.
To date, Illinois employers have put 70,000 new workers on the payroll in 2010....
We don't need the oil, besides the majority of the imported USA oil and gas comes from CANADA and MEXICO! Get over it, we don't need the domestic supply from Louisiana.
It’s time to end our dependence on oil
Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:32 am
Updated: 9:34 am, Wed Jun 16, 2010.
By Michael Brune
...Now, thousands in the Gulf are looking at an even more uncertain future as BP's massive oil slick wipes out fishing and tourism livelihoods.
According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, more than 12,000 Louisiana residents have filed unemployment claims since the blowout - and most of the filings are from folks displaced by the spreading oil.
Fishing and shrimping boats are now all either docked or in service to BP to clean up its mess.
The disaster has affected an estimated 13,000 commercial licensed fishermen in Louisiana, not including deck hands and crew, according to the Louisiana State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Roughly 46 percent of the Gulf economy, or over $100 billion a year, comes from tourism dollars.
The Louisiana Tourism and Cultural Department is reporting that the stalling of the fishing industry is affecting the $1.36 billion in tourism dollars that the state's nine coastal parishes provide.
Those nine parishes also have 15,000 tourism-related jobs with a $238 million payroll. And this is just in Louisiana.
How many more jobs should we let Big Oil destroy?
Workers who depend on the Gulf have seen their livelihood disappear. How many more catastrophes will it take to convince us to stand up to Big Oil and support industries that will employ people without destroying the economy and the environment?...