Small Oregon school district in county with high COVID-19 rate sues state for barring in-person education

The school board of the tiny Adrian school district near the Idaho border has filed a lawsuit against some Oregon leaders, demanding it be permitted to educate students in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board filed the complaint Thursday against Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education, and Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Adrian is located in Malheur County, which has by far the highest rates of COVID-19 infections in Oregon. It shares a border with Idaho, which has higher case rates and fewer coronavirus restrictions than Oregon.

The state has told schools they can’t operate in person, with some exceptions, unless the county’s positive test rate stays at 5% or lower for three weeks in a row. In Malheur, the positive test rate has ranged from 36% to 41% in the three most recent weeks.

The school board’s complaint claims “if the children

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Unemployment rate is down to 6.8% after 100,000 jobs created in August



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Women are leading Australia out of the coronavirus recession with unemployment falling in August for the first time since the health pandemic began – creating 111,000 new jobs.

The jobless rate fell from a 22-year high of 7.5 per cent in July to 6.8 per cent last month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

Unemployment is still higher than March’s 5.2 per cent level, with that data compiled before the World Health Organisation declared a coronavirus pandemic.

Nonetheless, joblessness has fallen for the first time since February when the Australian share market peaked despite Melbourne recording the first case of COVID-19 in January. 



a person standing in front of a store: Women are leading Australia out of the coronavirus recession with unemployment falling in August for the first time since the health crisis - creating 111,000 new jobs.Pictured is Sydney Mitre 10 hardware manager Ching Ching


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Unemployment rate hits 4.1% as 700,000 workers lose their jobs since coronavirus struck in March



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Stats show 700,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of British companies since March when the country went into lockdown as unemployment hit 4.1% today.

“Around 695,000 jobs lost since March as unemployment rises”

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The figures are for the three months from May to July and are worse than the quarter to June when the rate stood at 3.9%.

There are growing fears that unemployment could worsen over the coming months as the Government’s furlough scheme comes to an end.

The stats post a grim picture as the thousands of layoffs since lockdown lifted underscore the damage caused by the pandemic.

Businesses in industries such as retail, aerospace, tourism, aviation and media have been among those to lay off huge proportions of their workforce.

The Office for National Statistics said young workers had been particularly hard hit by

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TISD school board to consider tax rate Monday night | News

Temple Independent School District trustees will vote to approve a proposed tax rate of about $1.28 per $100, during Monday night’s meeting.

Temple ISD had a tax rate of about $1.35 per $100 for the 2019-20 academic school year, while the 2018-19 tax rate was set around $1.40.

“We’re glad that we’re able to bring a rate lower than what we proposed back in June when we adopted the budget (of $115.9 million),” Kent Boyd, Temple ISD’s assistant superintendent of finance and operations, said. “We had posted a maximum rate of $1.34, but in reality, it’s going to be about $1.28.”

Although Temple ISD’s tax rate has continued to decrease, it does not mean residents will see lower chargers when reviewing their tax bills. But Superintendent Bobby Ott said his district was diligent and mindful when developing the proposed tax rate.

“We always want to be sensitive to the taxpayers

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N.Y. Rate Below 1% for Month: U.K. Jobs Program: Virus Update

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The Bank of England’s chief economist warned against extending a government program to retain employees during the pandemic and said that some jobs “may well not be coming back.”

Andy Haldane said in an interview that “keeping all those jobs on life support is in some ways prolonging the inevitable in a way that probably doesn’t help either the individual or the business,” according to City A.M.

The program, which covers wages for furloughed staff, is set to expire next month.

In the U.S., President Donald Trump said at a White House briefing on Monday that a vaccine may be ready in October. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, meanwhile, said he would heed the advice of scientists about whether to get a coronavirus vaccine if one were to become available before November’s presidential election.

New York reported that the state has had an infection rate below

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U.S. economy gained 1.4 million jobs last month, unemployment rate falls to 8.4 percent

The economy added around 1.4 million jobs last month, reflecting a slow return to labor market growth, according to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.





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The unemployment rate fell into the single digits for the first time since the pandemic began, dropping from 10.2 percent to 8.4 percent, the monthly report showed. Before the coronavirus’ stranglehold on the economy, the rate was at 3.5 percent, the lowest in five decades.

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The August data indicates a halting recovery of the more than 22 million jobs lost since March, with July’s revised total of 1.73 million gains and June’s addition of 4.8 million positions.

“We have had three huge months of job gains, but so far have regained less than half of the losses in March and April,” said Dan North, senior economist at Euler Hermes North America. “Job gains so

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August jobs up an inline 1.37M; unemployment rate falls all the way to 8.4%

August nonfarm payrolls: +1.371M vs. +1.400M consensus and 1.734M in July (revised from +1.763M).

Total nonfarm payroll is 11.5M below the February level.

Unemployment rate: 8.4% vs. 9.8% consensus, 10.2% prior.

Average hourly earnings rise 0.4% M/M vs. estimate of -0.1%.

Regarding fiscal policy, the better than expected report will mean less pressure to provide another stimulus package, according to economist Christophe Barraud.

And on the monetary policy side, there’s less pressure on the Fed to change its forward guidance soon, he said.

Labor force participation rate increased by 0.3 percentage points to 61.7% in August; that’s still 1.7 pp below its February level.

“These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Increase in government employment reflects temporary hiring for the 2020 Census.

Excluding

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