Indiana outpaces nation in several key areas of employment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana continues to rank as one of the most attractive states for companies to locate and expand, outperforming much of the nation last month in key areas of employment and job growth.The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently reported the state’s unemployment rate in October remained at 3.5 percent and lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent.Indiana’s unemployment rate ranks ninth in the nation and has decreased 7.1 percentage points since July 2009—the high point of unemployment in the state.The October report also showed that more Hoosiers are working than ever before. Private employment reached a preliminary record high of 2.7 million, which is 24,300 above the official December 2017 peak. Indiana has reported private-sector job growth of 25,500 over the past year.Indiana’s labor force participation rate has now outperformed the national average for 53 consecutive months. In October, the rate stood at 65.1 percent and well above the national average of 62.9 percent.Below is a breakdown of where Indiana ranks in certain employment categories:second in Manufacturing jobs added (104,600) since July 2009;seventh in Private Education & Health Services jobs added (2,500) over the month;seventh in Construction jobs added (11,100) over the year; andfifth in Financial Activities job growth (3.2 percent) year-to datelast_img read more

Oh buoy, what an adventure! – Donegal teen joins 10-day tall ship voyage

first_imgA Donegal member of Irish Girl Guides had the experience of a lifetime recently when she sailed the seas on the tall ship the Pelican of London.Gráinne McElchar (16), a member of Convoy Senior Branch, described the 10-day return trip from Dublin to Cork as “an extraordinary experience”.“They were quite possibly the best and most memorable days of my life,” she said. “There was never a dull moment on board and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” She said she was both “terrified and excited” when she arrived at Dublin Port to board the ship but was relieved to discover that three other members of Irish Girl Guides were taking part too.Pictured aboard the Pelican of London before setting sail from Dublin Port were (from left): Amy Gorman, Eimear O Sullivan, Grainne McElchar and Tarah Fleming.“We soon got to know the other trainees and, by the second day, it felt as if I had known some of these people for my whole life,” she said.Gráinne’s adventure included learned to sail a ship, climbing the rigging and helming. There was never an unenjoyable watch, she said.“We were always supervised by a member of the crew who were all very helpful and understanding,” said, Gráinne. Pushing herself to try “new and scary things” included swimming off the boat, given that Gráinne is not an accomplished swimmer.“The crew helped me out by giving me a buoyancy aid,” she said. “Many of the other trainees were more adventurous and jumped from the bikini deck, a rope or the bowsprit but I decided to start small and just jumped from the rail. This worked well for me the first time but, the second time, my swimming suit got caught on a pin and ripped! Luckily not many people saw this and, those who did, just wanted to help. At the time I was a little embarrassed but I can now see the funny side!”Highpoints of the voyage included seeing dolphins, stunning sunrises and sunsets and gazing at the stars. A sing-song at the end of the trip also provided some great memories.“I loved every minute of the trip and would recommend it to anyone and everyone,” said Gráinne. “If I could go back and change anything I would probably just have packed more warm clothes but, other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing and, if given the chance, I would go again in a heartbeat. It was a truly unforgettable experience.”Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5-30 and volunteer adult leaders from age 18+. For further information see Oh buoy, what an adventure! – Donegal teen joins 10-day tall ship voyage was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more