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October jobless rates decrease in labor markets

— Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates declined in 16 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in October, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.

Total employment increased in the majority of regions over the month, while labor force levels were mixed throughout the various areas.

“October changes in Michigan’s local labor markets were fairly typical and seasonal,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “Since October 2009, jobless rates fell throughout the state. This was due to a combination of relatively stable employment levels along with a moderate decline in the number of individuals in Michigan’s labor pool.”

From September to October, the jobless rate declines in the 16 regions ranged from 0.1 of a percentage point to almost a full percentage point. The largest over-the-month reductions occurred in the Monroe, Flint, Kalamazoo-Portage, and Lansing- East Lansing Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The rate declines in these four areas ranged from 0.7 to 0.9 of a percentage point. —


Old Newsboys hoping to “stretch the dough” at local pizzeria

Luigi’s Pizzeria on Davison Road in Flint will be hosting fundraisers for the Old Newsboys of Flint at both locations, Dec. 7 from 6- 10 p.m. The event will feature music by the Blue Hawaiians, a complementary buffet, and lots of fun. The event is free to the public and everyone is invited. Commemorative buttons will be given for each $20 donation to sponsor a child.

On Dec. 14 the party continues at Luigi’s on Leroy in Fenton. Again the Blue Hawaiians will be donating their time and talents and folks at Luigi’s will be putting on a complementary buffet. Lots of fun to be had — and all proceeds will be donated to sponsor needy children in Genesee County this Holiday.

The Old Newsboys’ Christmas Box Program provides warm clothing, socks and underwear, gloves and a stocking cap, dental hygiene products, and a toy to at-risk children. The program is funded entirely through the annual paper sale, donations, and fundraisers. In its 86 year history the Old Newsboys organization has put presents under the tree for over 760,000 children across Genesee County. Last year alone, 5,892 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys.

How do they serve so many children? Says the Newsboys’ Executive Director, Chris Hamilton, “One child at a time. That’s all you can do.” — G.G.

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