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Massachusetts Adds 3,900 Jobs in April

Unemployment Rate at 3.9 Percent

The state’s total unemployment rate increased to 3.9 percent in April from the March rate of 3.6 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.

The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts added 3,900 jobs in April. Over the month job gains occurred in Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Other Services; Information; and Manufacturing.

From April 2016 to April 2017, BLS estimates Massachusetts has added 58,600 jobs.

The April state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Through the first four months of 2017, Massachusetts has added over twenty thousand jobs, with much of those gains coming from key sectors of the economy like Professional, Business and Scientific Services. These job gains, coupled with large increases to the labor force and a low unemployment rate, are signs of a strong economy in the Commonwealth. Our workforce agencies remain focused on closing the skills gap and ensuring that those newly entering the job market have the training necessary to access employment opportunities.” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II said.

The labor force increased by 33,000 from 3,661,200 in March, as 21,200 more residents were employed and 11,800 more residents were unemployed over the month.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.0 percent in April 2016. There were 300 more unemployed persons over the year compared to April 2016.

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – increased six-tenths of a percentage point to 66.5 percent over the month. The labor force participation rate over the year has increased 1.5 percent compared to April 2016.

The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Construction; Financial Activities; Education and Health Services.

April 2017 Employment Overview

Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained (+1.1%) 6,100 jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 18,100 (+3.3%) jobs.

Education and Health Services added 1,100 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 18,300 (+2.3%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 1,000 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 4,200 (+0.7%) jobs.

Other Services added 600 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 1,700 (+1.3%) jobs.

Information gained 300 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 1,100 (+1.2%) jobs.

Manufacturing added 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 2,000 (-0.8%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality lost 2,400 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 500 (+0.1%) jobs.

Construction lost 1,100 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 3,800 (+2.6%) jobs.

Financial Activities lost 800 (-0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 5,300 (+2.4%) jobs.

Government lost 1,000 (-0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 7,700 (+1.7%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The April estimates show 3,551,100 Massachusetts residents were employed and 143,100 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,694,200. The unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. The April labor force increased by 33,000 from 3,661,200 in March, as 21,200 more residents were employed and 11,800 more residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, was 66.5 percent. The labor force was up 106,700 from the 3,587,500 April 2016 estimate, with 106,400 more residents employed and 300 more residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES:

The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Local area unemployment statistics for April 2017 will be released on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The preliminary May 2017 and revised April 2017 unemployment rate, labor force and job estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, June 15, 2017. See the 2017 Revised Media Advisory annual schedule for a complete list of release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.

 

Lady Tanners softball places second at Corning Tourney

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Though the Peabody High School softball team fell short in its bid to capture this year’s 11th annual Courtney Marie Corning Tournament at Endicott College in Beverly this past Saturday, the Tanners’ first-round 2-0 blanking of the Danvers Falcons in extra innings helped catapult them into this year’s playoffs. That victory gave Peabody 11 wins and secured a 17th seed and a Div. I North preliminary round contest at 16th-seeded Chelmsford on Thursday.

“We both have the same record [11-9].They play in the Merrimack Valley Conference, which is a very tough conference. There’s some real good teams in there,” Peabody head coach Butch Melanaphy said of Chelmsford early this week.

He added, “But we’re all starting 0-0. We’ll just go out there and play our hardest, and let the chips fall where they may.”

At the Corning tourney, Peabody ace Tianna Dawe once again stepped up and delivered a stellar effort in the first-round win over Danvers, giving up just two hits and outdueling Danvers starter Alexcea Glynos. The Tanners broke a 0-0 deadlock in the top of the ninth when Rebecca Sabino singled to lead off and eventually came around to score the go-ahead run. Peabody added a second tally on Kristina Rossignoll’s RBI hit. Dawe retired the Falcons in order in the bottom of the frame.

The Tanners looked as if they might take this year’s tourney title when Alyssa Alperen scored on an error to give Peabody a 1-0 lead over Beverly in the championship game. That advantage held up until the fifth inning when Dawe appeared to tire. (She hurled 16 innings in total on Saturday.) A three-run homer put Beverly in front for good and the defending tournament champion Panthers went on to a 7-2 triumph. Beverly defeated Bishop Fenwick in round one.

The tournament is held every spring in memory of former Peabody High School softball player Courtney Corning, who was tragically killed in a car accident back in 2007. As always, parents Jack and Ginny Corning were on hand to address the crowd during the mid-tournament ceremony. Ginny read a poem Courtney wrote which expressed her love for the game of softball.

By Greg Phipps


 

Tanners baseball team enters post-season on winning note

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Despite struggling over the final eight games of the regular season, the Peabody Tanners emerged victorious in two of their last three games after losing five straight to head into this week’s Div. I North playoffs at 14-8 and feeling good about their prospects.

Even the one defeat over the final three contests – a close 4-2 extra-inning loss to Andover in the first round of the annual Geanoulis Tournament this past Saturday at Bezemes Diamond – could have gone differently. Peabody threatened in the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t bring any runs across. Andover went on to win the tournament with a 4-0 shutout of Bishop Fenwick on Sunday.

In Sunday’s tourney consolation game, the Tanners saw a 5-1 lead dissipate against Everett, which tied the game, 5-5, in the top of the sixth. That’s when the home team rallied for two in the bottom of the frame to come away with the triumph.

Head coach Mark Bettencourt decided to take out his starters during the consolation game and play his reserves. He was rewarded when backup catcher Evan Mullin stroked a two-run base hit with two outs to put the Tanners ahead to stay and account for the final margin of 7-5.

Lefty reliever Alex D’Angelo got Everett in order to save it in the seventh. Senior Will Diezemann started and hurled 5 1/3 frames before handing it over to D’Angelo.

Bettencourt said the move to substitute during Sunday’s contest was predetermined. “We would give the starters two at-bats, then go to the young gazelles,” he told the press afterward. “Had it not been a consolation game, we might have done it differently, but we felt that sometimes you have to throw the young guys into the fire and see what they’ve got. You saw Mullin come through in a big spot.”

Reserves Jake Irvine, Vinny Orlando and Eddie Campbell were also a big part of Sunday’s sixth-inning rally. Joe Gilmartin (three hits) and regulars Jake Zeuli, Chris Gillen, Jake Doherty, Dylan DiFillipo and Jake Gustin produced the offense in the early innings to help build a four-run cushion.

Peabody broke its five-game losing skid last Wednesday, May 24, with a crucial 6-3 win at Swampscott. Gilmartin was solid on the mound, going six innings and fanning four for the win. Gillen smacked a solo homer and Zeuli had three hits and an RBI.

The Tanners earned the sixth seed in the playoffs and hosted 11th-seeded Cambridge Rindge & Latin in Thursday’s first round.

By Greg Phipps


   

North Shore Computer Society to host “Digital Story Telling” presentation

It is time to tell your story by exploring the art of digital story telling. On Thursday evening, June 8, at 7:00 p.m., Walter Booth will give a presentation about how to plan and build your own story by writing it down, practice reading, getting timing down and using photos. Booth will also demonstrate editing, and adding background music and sound effects to fit the theme of your story. While his presentation will be focused on the use of an iPad, computers and other smart devices and apps, other resources will be mentioned as he details the nuts and bolts of digital story telling.

Walter Booth is a member of the Explorers Lifelong Learners Institute at Salem State University, where he has presented numerous courses, and led a Digital Storytelling workshop.

All meetings of the North Shore Computer Society are free and open to the public, and start at 7:00 p.m. The presentation will be held at the McCarthy Auditorium at the Peabody Municipal Light Plant, which is located at 201 Warren Street Extension in Peabody. (Please note: Seating is limited.) Tech Talk Time will also be held – your chance to share your technology-related questions and answers.

Remember, to be eligible to win any door prize offered, you must be a member of the North Shore Computer Society.

The North Shore Computer Society, Inc. of Peabody, Mass., is a nonprofit, public charity 501(c)(7) focused on education, support and community. Its members come from over 60 communities in Massachusetts as well as a number of other states.

 

Food and Mood

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As we know all too well, healthy eating is key to a healthy body, and it appears now that the food we eat can also improve our mood and brain health.

According to Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter (June 2017), “… scientists have been studying the link between food and mood more closely. They’ve found that there may be a relationship between the risk of common mental health issues – including depression and anxiety- and our diet quality”. Those individuals that do not consume an optimal nutritious diet may be susceptible to poor brain health including mood and behavior. Luckily with a little effort, people generally can improve their eating habits.

Foods that matter

When healthy eating is the goal, one needs to consider not just the foods to eat but which ones to eat more of and those to eat less. As you may guess a healthy eating pattern includes lots of nutrient-rich plant foods. Vitamins and minerals and phytochemical rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and healthy fats (the omega-3 types) from salmon and flaxseeds and walnuts are associated with a decreased risk of depression and anxiety and should be consumed liberally. Highly processed and refined sugary and fatty foods and snacks increase the risk of depression and anxiety and should be limited. Studies have shown that the greatest mental health benefits are seen in individuals that improved their diet quality the most.

The Link

The digestive tract may be the link between diet and mood. The food we eat has a major impact on the gut bacteria. For example, a high fat diet has been shown to induce changes that can trigger systematic inflammation in the body and it can also affect the brain. Evidence shows that systematic inflammation can affect heart health brain health. It’s also been shown that just a single high glycemic meal can impair memory performance.

Beginning

We know a healthy eating pattern promotes a healthy body, knowing that it can also lift your mood is one more reason to include those vegetables and fruits and healthy fats at every meal.

Beginning at your next meal, add portions of fruits and vegetables such as fresh fruit in your cereal or toast; leafy greens as a side, baked potato instead of fries at lunch or dinner. Have fish a few times a week, tuna fish sandwich counts as well, make it the Mediterranean way –no mayonnaise. Try fruit as a sweet ending dessert and save the sugary ones for special occasions.

A healthy diet is good for your heart as well as your brain and your taste buds will be happy too.

   

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