CBI industrial trends survey: Strong sterling knocks manufacturers’ confidence

first_img whatsapp CBI industrial trends survey: Strong sterling knocks manufacturers’ confidence Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ The strength of the pound is hampering Britain’s manufacturing sector The CBI’s industrial order book balance fell to -10 this month, its lowest since July 2013, from -7 in July, although it remained above the average. Future confidence for exports was dented by the strong sterling, with  But confidence for exports over the next three months was “Manufacturers are continuing to feel the pressure from the stronger pound,” Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said.”Greater buoyancy in exports remains a missing element from the UK’s recovery. Nevertheless we’re encouraged by the Government’s commitment to take steps to address this as part of its recently announced productivity plan.”Official figures out tomorrow – in the second quarter of this year.  whatsapp Monday 27 July 2015 7:01 am Share More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / It’s business as usual in Ukraine, despite war and economic problems, says Maersk

first_img Maersk has promised its services to and from Ukraine remain unchanged, despite the country’s civil war and plummeting economy which has seen the Ukrainian hryvnia devalued and led to a reduction in trade.“There have been no changes to services so far and I don’t expect we will make any changes for the moment,” Maersk’s Ukraine country manager Jersper Pedersen told The Loadstar. “Although economic development in Ukraine has brought trade levels down, business is still ongoing and there has been no impact on our port operations.”He added that shipping operations had continued to work normally even when there were disturbances in Ukraine’s port town of Odessa.“We never stopped any ships, even during the height of the troubles,” he said.Maersk, which has been operating out of the Odessa region for 20 years, continues to run two weekly services from three Ukrainian ports – Odessa, Ilyichevsk and Yuzhhniy – including one that operates 6,500teu ships in a vessel-sharing agreement with CMA CGM.Odessa – the country’s largest seaport and one of the largest in the Black Sea basin – has an annual capacity of 40 million tonnes. However, German logistics company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), which operates Odessa’s container terminal, has estimated that the Ukraine crisis led to a 25% year-on-year decline in volumes at the terminal in the first half of 2014.Port management, it said, was expecting this downward pressure to continue. Drewry Maritime Equity Research also noted that the rapid devaluation of the country’s currency was the principal factor behind a 15% drop in HHLA’s first-half profits this year.“The main reasons for the fall were €5.5m of foreign exchange loss and €5m costs of legal provisions recognised/created during the first half. Foreign exchange loss was a result of hryvnia devaluation vs the US dollar. The Odessa entity has dollar-denominated debt on its balance sheet,” Drewry recently wrote.Ukraine primarily imports foodstuffs and consumer goods from the Far East, as the country’s purchasing power is relatively low, Maersk’s Mr Pedersen added. The economic problems resulting from the ongoing conflict in the east of the country have lowered this purchasing power still further.“During the last six months, Ukraine’s currency has devalued more than 65%, and has made imports much more expensive so the demand for imports has decreased,” he said. “Less producing power means fewer imports, but our services also go to Turkey and other Black Sea ports, so we can substitute one place for another in terms of cargo.”The conflict has not resulted in any specific price increases, nor has there been any effect on insurance rates for the shipping sector, he added. The country’s exports are mainly raw materials, including wood, grain, chemicals and coal. However, production of natural resources, and therefore exports, are also being affected by fighting in the east of the country.The First Deputy Minister for Energy and Coal Yuri Ziukov said that only 24 of the 95 state-owned mines were operating normally, with many in the eastern region destroyed. This, he said, had resulted in estimated losses of some 3.4 million tonnes of coal that would have been produced under normal working conditions.In terms of future potential, the Black Sea market was still expected to see some growth, in keeping with the economy and country’s GDPs, Mr Pedersen said. “Obviously Ukraine is expected to decline, Russia will remain flat but some growth is expected for Turkey.” By Tom Westcott 10/09/2014last_img read more

Drunk motorcyclist crashes into Cape Coral police car

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: cape coral police departmentDUIMotorcycle crash Cape Coral man thrown from car killed when vehicle flips on top of him June 14, 2021 Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments North Port woman sentenced to 13 years for deadly crash after spring training game June 14, 2021 AdvertisementPlumlee is facing charges of DUI with a BAC over .15 and DUI causing property damage. He was taken to the Lee County jail.No one else was injured in the crash, according to the Cape Coral Police Department. center_img CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral man was arrested Thursday after crashing his motorcycle into the back of a Cape Coral police car Wednesday night. Phillip Plumlee, 60, ran into the back of an officer’s patrol car while the officer had someone else pulled over on the 1900 block of Pine Island Road West around 8 p.m. Plumlee was thrown off of his 2002 Harley Davidson because of the crash and was lying in the roadway, police said. He was taken to the hospital with injuries. The 60-year-old’s blood-alcohol level was .255, police reported. He was arrested Thursday after he was medically cleared by hospital staff. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Fort Myers man arrested for stealing puppy facing new charges in stealing spree June 14, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Alerts: Feb. 17

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Future developments cause new Colonial congestion concerns June 10, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Traffic Alerts: May 24 May 25, 2021 AdvertisementTags: traffic AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementcenter_img Traffic Alerts: May 21 May 23, 2021 6:41 PMA crash on northbound I-75 near Daniels Parkway is causing delays. 2:22 PMA multi-car crash is causing delayed traffic on SR-82 and Corkscrew Road in Collier County. Use caution in the area. Traffic Alerts: May 25 May 26, 2021 Advertisement1:30 PMThere are three separate crashes in Bonita Springs causing roadblocks, according to Bonita Springs Fire Control. One is at Bonita Beach Causeway, a second on Old 41 and a third at Old 41 and Strike Lane. Use caution in these areas, and find another route if possible. Rollover crash on Old 41 and Strike Lane Advertisementlast_img read more

Timeline confirmed for demolition of vandalized Portlaoise primary school

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSSt Francis Special SchoolSt Paul’s CBS Previous articleYour guide to What’s On in Laois this weekendNext articleNumber of children awaiting Psychology Services in Laois ‘outrageous’ Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Pinterest Twitter The vacant building which was home to St Paul’s Primary School on the Borris Road in Portlaoise, and will become home to St Francis School, now has a clear timeline for demolition and reconstruction.Following a meeting with Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, Minister for Justice & Equality Charlie Flanagan has confirmed the news to LaoisToday.He said that a contractor will be appointed in the autumn and it will take them eight weeks to fully demolish the existing site.The new building will take 44 weeks to complete and hopefully students will begin life in the new school for the start of the 2019 academic calendar.He said: “‘The St Francis School building project is currently at tender stage. A Letter of Intent for this project issued on 29th June 2018.“The Letter of Acceptance appointing the contractor is expected to be issued in Quarter 3 of 2018.“The first element of the building contract will be the demolition of the school which remains on the site.“The demolition programme is 8 weeks and construction programme is 44 weeks. Completion and hand-over is expected to be Quarter 3 of 2019.”The building has been idle since the students finished over 12 months ago and moved to the new Holy Family schools in Aghnaharna just off the Stradbally Road in September 2018 – and has suffered significant vandalism and become a site for much anti-social behaviour over the last couple of months.At least two fires have been started at the building and as our photos taken earlier this week show, it has been vandalized beyond recognition.The building and site is owned by Portlaoise Parish – but they are giving it over to the Department of Education who will build a new school for St Francis School, who are currently based on the Timahoe Road in a building past its sell by date.SEE ALSO – Stradbally Steam Rally is gearing up for its 54th year Community Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 12th July 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Timeline confirmed for demolition of vandalized Portlaoise primary school WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Home News Timeline confirmed for demolition of vandalized Portlaoise primary school Newslast_img read more

PM Golding Gives Recommendations to Parliament to Standing Orders Committee

first_imgRelatedPM Golding Gives Recommendations to Parliament to Standing Orders Committee FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding, gave his recommendations to the procedures of Parliament to the Standing Orders Committee today; (Feb 4) noting that the committee was important as there is an increasing demand for a Parliament that is more representative and responsive.The Prime Minister noted that the lapsing of committees caused by the ceremonial proroguing of Parliament was a hindrance to the work of lawmaking.He proposed a remedy, as adopted in Singapore in 2004, where a bill does not lapse on the prorogation of Parliament and all business continues in the proceeding session.On the matter of Parliament giving oversight to appointments of public sector posts, including boards of management of public agencies, Mr. Golding said he was anxious for the committee to make suggestions for clear guidelines on how the committee would oversee this function.He noted that it was important that Government be able to attract persons of competence and integrity to serve in public posts, particularly non-salaried posts, and that the scrutiny for selection should be within agreed parameters that are rigorous but respectful.Noting that members did not have to get answers to questions that they pose in Parliament on behalf of their constituents, Mr. Golding’s remedy was that a provision be placed in the Standing Orders that any member who has a particular concern can address the Parliament on that matter. As the orders stand, those opportunities are limited to matters of national importance or under Matters and Motions for Adjournment.The Prime Minister noted his very strong feelings that an MP has no guarantee that his or her resolution will be debated or questions to Ministers, answered. He noted that a provision should be made that if questions are not answered in a specific time, that matter should automatically be referred to an authority of the House.On the matter of the Prime Minister’s “Question Time” as observed in the UK, Mr. Golding said that he had no objection to its introduction, but he is not advocating for its inclusion in the Standing Orders.The Standing Orders were promulgated from Independence and amended on only ten occasions over the past 46 years. RelatedPM Golding Gives Recommendations to Parliament to Standing Orders Committee RelatedPM Golding Gives Recommendations to Parliament to Standing Orders Committeecenter_img Advertisements PM Golding Gives Recommendations to Parliament to Standing Orders Committee Office of the Prime MinisterFebruary 5, 2009last_img read more

Statement by Minister Ng on Canada’s challenge of U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber

first_imgStatement by Minister Ng on Canada’s challenge of U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber From: Global Affairs CanadaThe Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement regarding Canada’s request for a panel review under Chapter 10 of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement regarding U.S. countervailing duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber: “On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce established, through its first administrative review process, a 7.42% countervailing duty rate for most Canadian producers of softwood lumber.The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement regarding Canada’s request for a panel review under Chapter 10 of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement regarding U.S. countervailing duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber:“On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce established, through its first administrative review process, a 7.42% countervailing duty rate for most Canadian producers of softwood lumber.“Canada firmly believes that any duties imposed on Canadian exports of softwood lumber to the United States are unwarranted and unfair.“These duties have caused unjustified harm for Canadian workers and businesses, and are hampering economic recovery on both sides of the border-especially when our people are being affected by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.“Our government will continue to vigorously defend its forestry sector and the thousands of hard-working Canadians it employs.“Canada will consider all of its legal options with respect to U.S. duties on softwood lumber, including the possibility of bringing this challenge to the World Trade Organization for review under its dispute settlement mechanism.”Quick factsMost U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber are now subject to new duty rates: a 7.42% countervailing duty rate and a 1.57% anti-dumping duty rate (8.99% combined); certain companies also received company-specific rates.The previous combined rate to which most Canadian companies were subject when exporting certain softwood lumber products to the United States was 20.23%. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, business, Canada, commerce, coronavirus, covid-19, dispute, Export, Government, International trade, Minister, settlement, Small Business, trade, United States, worldlast_img read more

Government, experts put future retirement income policy under microscope – including superannuation, pensions, and housing

first_imgGovernment, experts put future retirement income policy under microscope – including superannuation, pensions, and housing The future of retirement income policy is up for discussion and debate tomorrow at Council on the Ageing’s (COTA) National Policy Forum, where politicians from both sides of the aisle, industry experts, academics and advocates will delve into the findings of the Retirement Income Review and suggest key features needed for a roadmap to an adequate, fair and sustainable retirement income system.Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will discuss the Retirement Income Review findings at the forum for the first time since the Final Report of the Review was released, as will all three members of the Review Panel.COTA Chief Executive Ian Yates says the Forum is a critical opportunity to bring decision-makers and experts together to explore a policy foundation based on evidence, not partisan views.“Retirement income is one of the biggest long-term policy challenges that will shape Australia for generations, and it starts with this year’s Federal Budget,” says Mr Yates.“This isn’t just about superannuation. We will be examining every policy mechanism that contributes to our retirement system, from tax concessions to housing and the age pension. This Forum will guide the development of COTA’s policy proposals to government.“Our current system is a good foundation, but it has significant problems in regard to adequacy, equity and long term costs. Different people get more or less than is fair out of the current policy settings, including too many still living in poverty. The time has come to put politics aside and build a system that provides every Australian with a fulfilling and dignified retirement.”WHEN: 26 February, 9:45AM to 4:00PMWHERE: National Press Club, and OnlineWHO: Speakers include:A keynote address by Treasurer John FrydenbergLunchtime presentations by Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume and Shadow Minister Stephen JonesThe first appearance of the entire Retirement Income Review panel since its findings were released, with Chair Mike Callaghan AM and members Carolyn Kay and Dr Deborah RalstonProfessor John Piggott AO, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing ResearchBrendan Coates, Program Director, Grattan InstituteJeremy Cooper, Challenger, and former Chair of the Review into SuperannuationPeter Strong, CEO, Council of Small Business Organisations AustraliaThe full program with a listing of all our expert speakers is attached. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, COTA, director, Federal, federal budget, Government, Grattan Institute, Josh Frydenberg, Professor, retirement, Retirement Income Review, Small Business, superannuation, sustainable, WHOlast_img read more

Public Health issues danger advisory for Vancouver Lake

first_imgAdvisory issued due to elevated toxin levelsVANCOUVER – Clark County Public Health is upgrading its advisory at Vancouver Lake to danger after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. The cyanobacteria bloom continues to cover most of the lake.Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington State Department of Health. Given the elevated toxin levels and the extensive cyanobacteria bloom at the lake, Public Health is upgrading its current advisory to danger and advising against all recreation on the lake.Clark County Public Health is upgrading its advisory at Vancouver Lake to danger after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. The cyanobacteria bloom continues to cover most of the lake. Photo by Mike SchultzClark County Public Health is upgrading its advisory at Vancouver Lake to danger after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. The cyanobacteria bloom continues to cover most of the lake. Photo by Mike SchultzDanger signs are being posted at the swim beach and other public access points to the lake. Public Health is advising against all recreating on the lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and water skiing, and pets should be kept out of the water. Public Health is also advising against fishing at Vancouver Lake.The warning advisory at Lacamas Lake remains in place, as water samples continue to show elevated toxin levels. Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with all water at Lacamas Lake.Water samples from Round Lake show toxin levels below threshold levels, but the algae bloom is still present at the lake. As a result, Public Health is downgrading that advisory to caution. People should avoid areas of scum in the water.As long as algae are present, toxin levels could increase as conditions at the lakes change. Public Health will continue to monitor the algae blooms at the lakes and, as long as the blooms are present, will take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website. To report algae blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.Information provided by Clark Co. Wa Communications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Clark County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance in identifying persons of interest in shooting Next : Clark County school leaders’ recommendation to start school remotely consistent with new state school reopening metricsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Public Health issues danger advisory for Vancouver LakePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, August 6, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Colorado’s population growth to slow in 2018, but new jobs still coming

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Colorado’s employment and population growth will slow for a third consecutive year in 2018. The state will stay competitive in recruiting, and every major sector will add jobs, according to an economic outlook released Monday by the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business.This information was presented during the 53rd annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum at the Grand Hyatt Denver. More than 1,000 business and civic leaders planned to attend.The outlook features forecasts and trends for 13 key business sectors across Colorado, the population and the national economy. The 140-page report also breaks down economic trends for several regions across the state. Overall, Colorado is projected to add 47,100 jobs in 2018, an increase of 1.8 percent, according to the forecast. “The national unemployment numbers are low, but the state unemployment numbers are incredibly low,” said Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Business Research Division.Key takeaways Employers will continue to deal with a talent shortage.Employment and population will grow, but more slowly than in 2016 and 2017.Colorado will remain in the top 10 states for employment growth.Read the complete report.Learn more about the Business Research Division.The report outlines good news for workers as the low unemployment numbers should lead to increasing wages across a variety of sectors, he said. The labor shortage may, however, lead businesses to replace workers with machines or other technology, according to the report. The population will grow by 90,600, Wobbekind said. Most of that growth will come from people moving to Colorado.  Regional economic highlightsBoulder County The area continues to outperform the state with a highly educated workforce, a high quality of life and a world-class research university.Kit Carson County Low commodity prices and the prison closure put eastern Colorado in a difficult economic position. Farm conditions are stabilizing, but balance sheets will continue to be less than stellar. Tourism is a bright spot, with strong visitor numbers at the Colorado Welcome Center along Interstate 70.La Plata County Tech and the outdoor industry are doing well. The Southwest Colorado Accelerator for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) is helping entrepreneurial ventures. Demand for construction and real estate will slowly provide a foundation for growth. Optimism among business leaders remains high, but underemployment is expected to continue. Mesa County Mesa County added as many people to its population in 2016 as it did in the five years between 2010 and 2015. Employment was nearly flat in 2017, but the business and economic outlook is trending upward. A declining unemployment rate, growing business diversification, and a strong real estate market position Mesa County for growth in 2018.Northern Colorado With a highly educated workforce and growing technology and entrepreneurship sectors, Weld and Larimer counties are more attractive than ever. Weld County continues to be a leader in agriculture production exports.Pueblo In 2017, the Pueblo area marked its lowest unemployment since 2000, at 3.5 percent. The aerospace, hemp, and rail industries set up the Pueblo area for further growth in 2018.Southern Colorado While Colorado Springs has traditionally lagged behind Denver and Boulder, that is no longer true. El Paso County added more than 10,000 jobs in the last year. Increased productivity is boosting the standard of living and the quality of life. The city is on track to outperform the nation in employment and wage increases. That should continue in 2018, making the region a smart choice for business growth and new investment.Key industry growth forecastsConstruction 1.5 percent growth; 2,500 jobsEducation and health services 2.5 percent growth; 8,400 jobsFinancial activities 1.2 percent growth; 2,000 jobsGovernment 1.1 percent growth; 4,600 jobsInformation 0.4 percent growth; 300 jobsLeisure and hospitality 1.9 percent growth; 6,200 jobsManufacturing 1.1 percent growth; 1,600 jobsNatural resources and mining 4.4 percent growth; 1,100 jobsProfessional and business services 2.4 percent growth; 10,000 jobsTrade, transportation and utilities 1.9 percent growth; 8,700 jobsOther services 1.6 percent growth; 1,700 jobsTotal 1.8 percent growth; 47,100 jobsCategories:Business & EntrepreneurshipNews Headlines Published: Dec. 11, 2017 • By Andrew Sorensen last_img read more