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Atlantic Transportation Ministers Address Regional Priorities

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first_imgAtlantic transportation ministers came together in Antigonish today, Aug. 24, to talk about a number of transportation issues of regional and national importance. Nova Scotia Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac welcomed ministers of transportation Gail Shea, from Prince Edward Island, and John Hickey, from Newfoundland and Labrador, and senior officials from New Brunswick. The meeting will help officials prepare for the upcoming annual meeting of federal, provincial and territorial transportation ministers, which is being held in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in September. “It is my pleasure to welcome my counterparts in Atlantic Canada to focus on transportation issues that affect the region and help bring them to the national level in a strategic, co-ordinated and consistent manner,” said Mr. MacIsaac. The issues discussed at the meeting included: progress on a transportation strategy for the region; the East Coast Gateway initiative; an expanded customs service at the region’s airports to improve trans-border and international air service and; highlighting investment in transportation infrastructure as a priority within the Federal Infrastructure Funding framework. “Improving and expanding our roads and highways is key to ensuring our economic and social well-being, and for keeping our communities safe, vibrant and prosperous,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “My counterparts from other Atlantic provinces understand the importance of a strategic, sustainable and sound transportation system in achieving that goal. I am confident that together, we will present a truly Atlantic perspective at the National Council of Transportation Ministers next month.”last_img read more

US job openings quits rise pointing to modest hiring ahead

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WASHINGTON – U.S. employers posted more jobs in November and quitting also increased — signs that job gains and wages may increase in the months ahead.The number of available jobs rose 1.3 per cent in November from the previous month to 5.5 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s below a post-recession peak of 5.8 million in April. Hiring rose 1.1 per cent to 5.2 million.The number of Americans who quit their jobs increased 1.4 per cent to nearly 3.1 million, the second-highest total since the Great Recession. Quits are generally a good sign that workers are confident enough to leave their positions for new jobs. Rising quits can also point to higher pay, since most people take new jobs with bigger paychecks.The figures echo last week’s jobs report, which showed a moderate gain of 156,000 new jobs in December and the biggest annual wage gains in more than seven years.Last week’s jobs figure is a net gain after layoffs, quits and retirements are subtracted from overall hiring.Tuesday’s data comes from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, and are more detailed and provide a fuller view of the job marketWith the unemployment rate at 4.7 per cent, near a nine-year low, employers are facing pressure to raise pay in order to keep and attract workers.The number of available jobs is also high, which suggests businesses are having trouble finding the workers they need to fill their open positions. That trend may also force employers to offer bigger paychecks.Job openings rose in only two industries: Hotels and restaurants and state and local government. Openings were little changed or down slightly in manufacturing, construction, retail, financial services, and education and health. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US job openings, quits rise, pointing to modest hiring ahead read more

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