Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Delta housing lawsuit settlement reached

GREENVILLE — A lawsuit challenging rent increases at apartments owned by the South Delta Regional Housing Authority has been settled. The case was to go to trial in August in federal court in Greenville. Mississippi Center for Justice, which represented the tenants, tells the Delta Democrat Times that the settlement terms are confidential. The lawsuit […] [...]

H1N1 flu guide available to the public

WASHINGTON — U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Karen Mills and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announce the availability of a preparedness guide designed to assist small businesses in planning for the possibility of an H1N1 flu outbreak this fall. [...]

Mississippi still has a ways to go on internet speed

by Published: August 31,2009

Tags: Internet, Washington

WASHINGTON — New research indicates that between 2007 and 2009, the average download Internet speed in the United States has increased by only 1.6 megabits per second (mbps), from 3.5 mbps in 2007 to 5.1 mbps in 2009. And, Mississippi ranks last in connectivity speed in the U.S. The Speed Matters Speed Test, a project […] [...]

Unemployment claims fall

by Published: July 27,2009

Tags: unemployment, Washington

Washington — In the week ending July 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 522,000, a decrease of 47,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 584,500, a decrease of 22,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent […] [...]

Cochran announces flu funding for state

by Published: July 20,2009

Tags: flu, Thad Cochran, Washington

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced that Mississippi would receive more than $3.34 million to continue its response to the H1N1 flu virus and to prepare for the fall flu season. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants to Mississippi, including $2.48 million in Public Health Emergency […] [...]

Small business program augmented

WASHINGTON — Small businesses that would otherwise have difficulty securing private equity or venture capital may find funding easier to get as a result of changes made as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program. There are approximately 338 SBICs with […] [...]

Construction spending, employment slumping

by Published: July 13,2009

Tags: construction, Washington

WASHINGTON — Residential construction spending slipped 3.5 percent for the month and is down 33.3 percent from May 2008. Overall, total construction spending was down 0.9 percent compared to April and was 11.6 percent lower than levels in May 2008. “Until now, much of the talk about the stimulus package has been just that, talk,” […] [...]

Job opening hit historic low

by Published: July 13,2009

Tags: Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs, Washington

WASHINGTON — On the last business day of April, job openings in the U.S. numbered 2.5 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and stood at the lowest level since the series began in December 2000. The hires rate (3.1 percent) was unchanged in April and remained low, while the total separations rate (3.6 percent) […] [...]

Unemployment claims fall

by Published: July 13,2009

Tags: unemployment, Washington

WASHINGTON — In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 614,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 615,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent […] [...]

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