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Massachusetts Unemployment Down

For the first time in two and a half years Massachusetts’ monthly unemployment has fallen. According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development unemployment dropped from 9.3 percent in September to 8.9 percent in October. Governor Deval Patrick said he was pleased about the unemployment drop but remains evenly tempered knowing they have aways to go.

Over the past month the Massachusetts Government says jobs were created in the professional, scientific and business services; education and health services; government; and construction sectors. It was also stated jobs were lost in the manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; information; and financial activities sectors.

What Massachusetts Gov't Has to Say About Texting & Driving

Massachusetts DOT has an extensive¬† list of driving distractions they’ve been aware of for quite some time. From drinking and driving to music on the radio, Massachusetts government is moving texting to the top of that list.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately, “80 percent of all accidents are caused by driver inattention.” (DOT to you: Don’t Text and Drive). With technology advancing at lightning speed we have everything from the radio and video displays to our cell phones to distract us.

A recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that found  drivers who texted while driving were 23 times more likely to crash or get into a near-accident than undistracted driver. (Senators Push Nation Wide Ban On Texting While Driving)

Massachusetts Department of Transportation is serious about cutting down distractions. Currently 17 states ban texting and driving, is Massachusetts next? Keep a close eye out September 30th and October 1st when the U.S. Department of transportation convenes in Washington D.C. to discuss it.

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