Latest News – July 23

Courage Classic Wraps Up in Leadville Today!

The Courage Classic: Finishes in Leadville Today. Photo by Becky Thompson.

The Denver Children Hospital’s Annual Courage Classic will finish up their three day tour in Leadville today, traveling from Copper Mountain back over Fremont Pass on Highway 91. The event was re-routed the first day due to the train tunnel collapse on Highway 24.

Back in the saddle for another trip around Turquoise Lake today! Photo by Becky Thompson.

Unemployment Inches Up in June, 2012

June 2012-  Nonfarm payroll jobs decreased 6,900 from May to June for a total of 2,284,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs declined 5,200 and government decreased 1,700.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of one percentage point over the month to 8.2 percent. The increase in the unemployment rate was caused by an increase in the number of people actively participating in the labor force without a corresponding increase in the number of people reporting their status as employed. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged over the same period at 8.2 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 34.5 to 35.0 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $23.53 to $24.46.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in information. The largest declines were in manufacturing, construction, and education and health services.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 33,600. Private sector payroll jobs increased 35,700 and government declined 2,100. The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, construction, and education and health services. The only significant declines in private sector payroll jobs were in information.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is down two-tenths of one percentage point from 8.4 percent in June 2011. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 23,900, total employment increased 26,100 and the number of unemployed decreased 2,200. The national unemployment rate declined from 9.1 percent in June 2011 to 8.2 percent in June 2012.

Consider Hosting an Exchange Student This Year!

As a non-profit High School Exchange Organization, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) brings high school students from around the world to the United States to spend 5 or 10 months with a host family. Host families not only gain a new member, but also learn how to see their world from another perspective. CIEE students speak English and arrive with the appropriate visa, medical insurance, and spending money. They are eager to share their culture while learning of ours, as an active member in an American family.

Below are some students to consider welcoming into your home:

STB12093 – Boy. Pablo is a 16 year old boy from Brazil. Pablo’s biggest interests are music – he plays the guitar and piano – and sports, especially badminton. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends. He would be interested in badminton, drama club, or musical clubs at his American high school. Pablo is excited to share his Brazilian culture, experience American culture, and meet new people. “The most important thing about joining an exchange program is that both the student and the host family learn a lot of things.”

STS12051 – Girl. Francesca is a 16 year old girl from Italy. “I am a very curious girl, not shy at all, positive, and modest.” She enjoys drawing, swimming, cycling, walking, painting, and cooking. She looks forward to art activities and sports while in the US. Francesca has a younger brother. Allergies: Dust mites, grass, no wall to wall carpeting,

OEG12079 – Boy. Supanut (Palm) is a 16-year-old boy from Thailand. “My friends said that I have a good sense of humor and they told me that they always feel good when they’re with me. That makes me really happy and makes me feel I’m valuable.” He loves listening to music in English to improve his language skills. He plays the piano, and also enjoys reading novels, seeing movies with his friends, bicycling, and hiking. In the US, he would like to take a photography class and French or Spanish. He has an older brother and a twin sister. Diet: Prefers not to eat beef.

If you are interested in more information or would like to know what other countries students are coming from, please contact Emily Eschner, USA High School Program, CIEE to work towards finding a great fit for you and your family. Tel: +1.207.553.7833 Email: Web: CLICK

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