The Idaho department of Labor released the latest unemployment numbers: IDL’s headline was that “Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the second straight month in May“.
I don’t want to downplay this good news, because Idaho does seem to come down from this winter’s peak – but progress is still limited to specific areas like the Boise/Nampa, Rexburg, Pocatello and Lewiston areas, and unemployment numbers are generally still higher than a year ago.
For Valley County, our seasonally adjusted unemployment for May is 17.2% (May 2010 was 14.8%); Adams County has a similar trend with May 2011 of 16.8% (14.8% in May 2010).
I prefer using the raw data without seasonal adjustment; I think they are more meaningful for our county. Those numbers, however, have not yet been published. When they are, I’ll update you and show them in graphs.
Extension Educator – Valley County
PS: click this link to download an Excel spreadsheet with the IDL data for all of Idaho’s counties and urban areas of this month.
In the June Issue of Cascade Currents:
What is Poverty?
Be looking for more details about a poverty simulation.
New Horizons’ Teams
Report from Connectivity Team
Kelly’s Whitewater Park web-site and news
Life-Style and Education Team Update
Click Currents 201106 to view the pdf…
Cascade Currents is published by the Lifestyle and Education action team of Cascade.
Automatic revocation of IRS tax-exempt status for nonprofits:
On June 8, 2011, the IRS released a list of over 1,400 Idaho nonprofits that had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked due to failure to file annual returns. Although many of these organizations have likely ceased to operate, there is no doubt that some are still operating in Idaho communities and were not aware of the filing requirement.
Click here to download the Idaho list
If your nonprofit is on the list, the National Council of Nonprofits can help. Click here to view their special webpage and tip sheet on options available to organizations. Retroactrive reinstatement of tax-exempt status is available for certain nonprofits. Click here to visit the IRS website for additional information.
This alert originated from the Council of non-profits: http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a good plugin that the gives you page control (as opposed to site control)
The easiest way to go about it is to install it from your dashboard:
- After logging in, go: Dashboard>Plugins>Add new
- Type WordPress SEO by Yoast in the search box and, after finding it, click Install now
- it will bring you to a next screen where you can activate it. Then you can select settings.
- The first time you do that, it may happen that you get a recommendation like this:
- If you click Fix it you can change your “permalink settings (the way the address of your pages look like). You can also directly change this by going Dashboard>Settings>Permalinks
Several of our new website authors have asked about Search Engine Optimization (i.e. making yoou be found on Google etc). Anybody that uses the Weaver theme can easily do a quick optimization; even though this will not do any optimization … Continue reading