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US State and Local government grows despite recession

While businesses across the United States slash jobs, state and local governments have actually increased employment slightly since the economic recession began in December 2007, according to a report released on Thursday.

“As is the typical pattern in recessions, overall state and local government employment continued to grow after the start of the recession, although there has been a small decline since the August 2008 peak,” said Donald J. Boyd, author of the report by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, in a statement.

Total employment in state and local government rose in 30 states, fell in 16 and was unchanged in four during the last year, the report found.

Governments have added about 110,000 jobs since the recession began, according to the report by the Rockefeller Institute, which is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York.

The recession’s impact on government employment typically lags that of the private sector, Boyd said.

“Further employment reductions are almost certainly on the way,” he said.

At least 20 states have imposed unpaid furlough days on their workers to cut spending without having to resort to layoffs, according to the report.

States also have been able to avoid shedding jobs with help from the more than $36 billion for fiscal relief they have received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the report said. (Reporting by Karen Pierog; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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Congressman Eric Cantor “Stimulus not working as well as advertised”

A member of the House Republican leadership says he doesn’t think the $787 billion economic stimulus program the Obama administration pushed through Congress earlier this year has worked as advertised.

House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Richmond said Tuesday that no one should be touting the benefits of stimulus — as Vice President Joe Biden has — at a time when national unemployment is at 9.4 percent.

Interviewed on CBS’s “The Early Show,” he said that when the administration pressed Congress to act immediately, it projected joblessness no higher than 8.5 percent. Cantor said at a job fair recently, some 3,200 people showed up in 90-degree weather and said people are still worried job security.

Woman in UK was refused ambulance, gave birth on sidewalk!

‘They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift.’

A 27 year old pregnant mother, Carmen Blake, gave birth on the sidewalk outside the Royal Infirmary after she called her midwife to ask for an ambulance as she went into labour with her fourth child.

She was advised to go into a hot bath and then make her own way over to the hospital.

Ms. Blake said “I went into the bath and realised she was going to come quickly. I didn’t think I’d be able to make it out of the bath, so I phoned the maternity ward back and told them to get an ambulance out. ‘They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift.’

Experienced mother Ms Blake today said she knew she had to get herself out of the bath and try to get to the hospital.  ‘The friends with me would have had no idea what to do. I knew at that point that she was nearly here so I had to get out of the house,’ she said.  ‘I thought if I got across the road then at least somebody would be able to help me.  ‘I left the house and got to the end of the close, but there was no-one around to help.’  Eventually Ms Blake and her friends enlisted the help of a physiotherapist who happened to be passing on her way to work.

She dialled 999 and helped deliver baby Mariah while waiting for emergency services.

Baby Mariah Blake

Baby Mariah Blake

She even helped remove the cord from around the tot’s neck, Ms Blake said today.

She said: ‘I don’t really remember much after that. Mariah was born, then the paramedics arrived then after that the midwives arrived. I think I went into shock.

‘It’s just lucky that the physio was there.’

Today a spokeswoman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: ‘We are disappointed that Ms Blake was not happy with the advice and care she received and will of course investigate any complaint.

‘We are pleased that both Ms Blake and her daughter are well and healthy.

Leicester Royal Infirmary

Leicester Royal Infirmary

Hennessy, Baby Mariah, Carmen and Malachi Blake

Hennessy, Baby Mariah, Carmen and Malachi Blake

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