Friday September 21, 2012

Pittsfield: State, Fed officials to discuss labor

Nancy Snyder of the Commonwealth Corporation and Robert Clifford of the Federal Reserve Bank will present current labor market information for the Berkshires on Thursday at an "Eggs & Issues" information breakfast held by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board.

The event will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South St. A light breakfast is included. The cost is $10 for chamber members, and $15 for non-members.

Registration: www.berkshirechamber.com; (413) 499-4000, ext. 126; choyt@berkshirechamber.com.

Pittsfield: Stylists chosen for fashion event

Stylists Katie Alger and Drew Christman of the Clip Shop Grand Salon and Day Spa have been chosen to participate in Tent at Boston Fashion Week, an annual event featuring established designers and promising newcomers that takes place in Copley Square.

Alger and Christman are the only stylists from outside of the Boston area who will participate in the event, which begins Thursday. They were chosen by event sponsor Wella Professional, who chose stylists from 36 of their top salons to participate in styling hair for the event’s runway shows. Outside of the Clip Shop, the other 35 salons are all located in the Boston area.

The two area stylists will work with one of Wella’s top artistic designers on two runway shows that take place on Sept. 30. The first show is a launch for five new and upcoming clothing designers who are recent graduates of design schools from across Massachusetts. The second is for a men’s clothing line.

Boston: State jobless rate up to 6.3 percent

(AP) The Massachusetts unemployment rate edged up two-tenths of a point in August while preliminary figures showed the state losing about 4,800 jobs during the month, the office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

The jobless rate stood at 6.3 percent in August, up from 6.1 percent in July. The rate is down from 7.4 percent a year ago and Massachusetts remained below the August national average of 8.1 percent.

In addition to the preliminary job losses for August, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised downward job gains in the state for the previous month. The new figures show an increase of 300 jobs in July, compared to an earlier preliminary estimate of 1,600 jobs gained during the month.