America's unemployment rate dropped in April to a jaw-dropping 3.6% — the lowest level in almost 50 years. Things sure have come a long way in the last decade, since joblessness surged to 10% during the dark days of the Great Recession. So if you're out of work, are in a career rut, or could use a new job that will put more money in your bank account, it should be pretty easy to find something now, right? Maybe. It depends on whether things are as good locally as they are at the national level. Here's a look at the current job market in Enfield. Unemployment in Enfield and Connecticut The local jobless rate was 3.4% in April, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's down from the March rate of 4.2%. In April of last year, unemployment in Enfield was 4.2%. The government says 621,254 people were employed in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford statistical area during April and 21,025 workers were out of work. The unemployment rate statewide in … [Read more...] about The Unemployment Rate in Enfield
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There is a very hot priest in the new season of Fleabag. It’s of great import, how very hot this priest is. It throws everything off its axis. First Fleabag herself, played by the show’s creator and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and then, in turn, you as a viewer. The hot priest changes everything, helping Fleabag not necessarily find God, but, perhaps more significantly, find herself. And for Fleabag, the comedy series which launches its second season on Amazon Friday, the hot priest is crucial to honing the show’s creative voice: As great as season one was, season two is just about perfect. You could even call it watching it a religious experience. In 2016, Phoebe Waller-Bridge adapted her one-woman show into a BBC Three series that premiered in America on Amazon. It was sensational and weird, a bitter window into the mascara-streaked life of a woman that, because of a canny narrative device in which Waller-Bridge would break the fourth wall mid-scene and … [Read more...] about ‘Fleabag’ Season Two Is Flawless Television, the Best Show You’ll Watch This Year
About a year ago I got fed up with Facebook. More precisely, I got fed up with myself: Compulsive that I am, I was logging on five or six times a day, until it became less and less a pleasure and mostly just a mindless time suck. (I never even got started with Twitter after signing up—that just seemed like white noise with punchlines). But if the vast and rapid success of social media tells us anything, it is that billions of us long to connect, in some way, any way, with other people. So I couldn’t just walk away. Instead, I migrated over to Instagram. Until then, I’d visited only occasionally, because although I've always liked the idea of taking pictures, I've never been very good at it. So I decided to post a picture a day on Instagram. I would do it for a year, just to see if I could. I did this as a discipline, to get myself in the habit of taking photographs. For most of my life, I have taken pictures, but only occasionally and without really knowing … [Read more...] about My Life As an Unlikely Instagram Addict
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The percentages of children lacking health insurance in Florida and nationwide are on the rise, reversing recent trends. In 2018, 7.6 percent of Florida children were without insurance, up 1 percentage point from 2016. Nationally, the uninsured rate in 2018 was 5.2 percent. Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, had the ninth-highest number of uninsured children in the country, with 41,534 in 2018. The analysis, conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, showed that the number of uninsured children nationally grew by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, with 51,000 of the children in Florida. Only one state made progress, according to the report: North Dakota. The increases reversed years of decreases in the percentages of uninsured children. The rates of uninsured children started to decrease with the passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides subsidized insurance to children who live in … [Read more...] about Ranks Of Uninsured Children Increase In Florida
Home values rise – surprise, surprise. In the aftermath of the crash in 2008, the market continues to post increases across most states. The current median list price is $310,000 for all home types across the nation, up 7% since last year, according to Realtor.com. Given that jump, you'll want to know the worth of an average-sized condo, townhouse, or single family home in your neighborhood. See what's happening with housing values and home sales in your community, to help you decide whether it's the right time to buy — or sell. Home prices in Enfield The median home value—condos, single-family, etc.—in Enfield fell by 0.7% over the past year, according to Realtor.com data from March 2019. The recent median price was $198,470, compared to $310,000 nationwide. If you're hunting homes and looking to buy, make sure your savings account overfloweth with your down payment. You never know when the perfect listing will appear in the wild. As of March, there were 198 … [Read more...] about What Are the Median Home Values in Enfield?