Local Unemployment Rates Increase In 21 Areas of State

Local unemployment rates increased in twenty-one areas in the state during the month of June, and dropped in two labor market areas while one remained the same, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Tuesday.Compared to June 2015, the local unemployment rates were lower in all areas.

Thirteen of the 15 areas added jobs over the month, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Barnstable, Framingham, Pittsfield and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury areas.  Some of the job gains in the Information sector reflect the end of a temporary labor dispute in May.

From June 2015 to June 2016, 14 labor markets in the state added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury area, along with Taunton-Middleborough-Norton; Pittsfield; and Boston-Cambridge-Quincy.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.3 percent.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in June, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported last week. The unemployment rate is down 0.7 percent over the year.

The state showed an estimated 16,400 seasonally adjusted job gains in June, boosted partially by the resolution of a temporary labor dispute. The over-the-year job gains are estimated at 67,300.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

The estimates for labor force, unemployment rates and jobs for Massachusetts are based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES:The preliminary July 2016 and revised June 2016 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday August 18, 2016. Local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2016 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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Red Cross Facing Critical Blood, Platelets Shortage

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Alyson Barraza, Communications Manager for the Massachusetts Blood Services Region. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”

Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

All blood types urgently needed

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

The American Red Cross will host three blood drives in Quincy:

7/29/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St.

8/12/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lee Kennedy Co Inc, 122 Quincy Shore Dr.

8/9/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Quincy High School, 100 Coddington St.

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Furnace Book Parkway Guardrail Replacement Project Starts July 25

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct the final phase of a guardrail replacement project on Furnace Brook Parkway beginning Monday, July 25, the City of Quincy announced via news alert Thursday.

The stretch of the Parkway between Southern Artery (Route 3A) and Hancock Street will be closed to through traffic from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate the work.  Commuters should seek alternate routes, but residents will have access to surrounding streets, city officials said.

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Second ‘Walk Of Names’ Brick Pick-Up

The City of Quincy announces the second “Walk of Names” pick-up will take place next week.

Original engraved bricks that were removed from in front of the glass City Hall annex to make room for the new “Walk of Names” as part of the Adams-Hancock Green project will be available for pick-up at the Park Department Headquarters, 1 Merrymount Parkway on the following days:

Tuesday, July 26 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors may call or email with their name and requested brick to arrange for pick-up of the original bricks at one of the above days and times. General walk-in pick-up during the times listed below is allowed; however, leave time for sorting.

To ensure bricks are ready for pick up, call 781-613-0627 or email: QuincyBricks@gmail.com.

Future dates and times for brick pick-up will also be announced, city officials said.

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Lynch ‘Extremely Pleased’ 9-11 Classified Report Released

Cong. Stephen Lynch says he is “extremely pleased” that the House Intelligence Committee has released a long-classified report known as the “28 pages” stemming from the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

According to the report, some of the 9-11 hijackers were in contact with and received support from individuals likely connected to the Saudi government. The coordinated attacks killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 more.

Two of the four planes involved in the 9-11 terrorists attack departed from Boston’s Logan Airport. Planes were intentionally flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth plane that likely targeted either the White House or the U.S. Capitol crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after some of its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

Known as the “28 pages,” the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report’s completion, despite repeated calls for its release.

Cong. Lynch has been a longtime advocate of full declassification after reviewing the classified document and speaking with families of victimes of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.

In 2013, Cong. Lynch and Cong. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced a resolution calling for the President to declassify the 28 pages. H. Res. 14 has garnered support on both sides of the aisle with more than 70 bipartisan cosponsors.

In June, Cong. LynchCon. Jones, and Cong. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H. Res. 779, which urges the House Intelligence Committee to publish the 28 pages. Last week, the members held a press conference urging swift passage of the resolution.

On Friday (July 15th) Lynch released the following statement:

“I am extremely pleased that these 28 pages are being released. I am especially happy for the families of the victims and the American people as a whole.

“Releasing the contents of the 28 pages will answer some of the many questions that remain. It may help us at last hold those who are responsible accountable. Through the passionate advocacy of victims’ families and some of my colleagues in Congress including Congressman Jones and Congressman Massie, we finally will have greater transparency about the investigation into the circumstances surrounding September 11th.

“I have been told by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that the document is being forwarded to Congress with ‘light redactions.’ I am hopeful these redactions do not diminish the probative value of the report. Our national security is of the utmost importance and the contents of the 28 pages can play a critical role in informing our counterterrorism and foreign policy decisions moving forward.

“I extend my thanks to President Obama for initiating the review and for the decision to make these pages public.”


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