first_imgFor the week of August 28, 2010, there were 616 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 53 from the week before. Altogether 8,743 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 117 from a week ago and 2,595 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,778 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 40 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,418 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a increase of 3 from 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)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonRest stops have a long history in California – nearly as old as the state itself. The state’s earliest rest areas began popping up along highways in 1868 as wayside stations to provide water and shade to travelers and livestock. Although times have changed, the need for rest stops has not. Feeling drowsy while on the road remains a top reason to pull over and take a break, said Montgomery. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2002 estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes annually are the direct result of driver fatigue. These crashes cause more than 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, as well as $12.5billion in productivity and property losses. “The big thing is making sure there’s a parking area where people can feel safe taking naps,” said Montgomery. “You find that restaurants don’t like you doing that, so it’s good to have public parking space where you can sleep.” By 2009, all 87 state-run rest stops should be in compliance with the federal disability act, bathrooms expanded, sidewalks repaired and lighting improved, according to Caltrans officials. If you’re one of the 7.1million Californians hitting the highway this holiday season, you may get a nice surprise: Cleaner, brighter and more accessible rest stops. At a cost of about $13million a year, nearly half of the state’s 87 rest stops have gotten makeovers since 2000 and all are supposed to be up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards by 2009. “You need to have good rest stops on the road. They are valuable,” said Marie Montgomery, Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman. “If people have this idea that they will be grungy, then there’s a reluctance to stop.” Visited by more than 100 million people each year, the state’s rest areas were largely built during the 1960s and 1970s during the heyday of new freeway construction. In fact, the last rest stop to be built in California was back in 1984, said Caltrans spokeswoman Cassandra Hockenson. Eighty more rest stops are needed in California, according to a plan developed in 2000 by the Office of State Landscape Architecture. Caltrans is first looking to build three new rest areas on the Golden State Freeway between Kern and San Joaquin counties. An additional four are under consideration for Southern California deserts. David Rizzo, Fullerton-based transportation expert, argues that the state does not need any additional rest stops, because today’s highways are no longer isolated from cities and people, as they were during the 1960s and 1970s. “There are hardly any desolate places in California anymore,” said Rizzo. “The suburbs have encroached.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more