LI job growth has slowed as the unemployed await promised $300 aid boost

Long Island reported anemic job growth last month as jobless residents and New Yorkers across the state waited anxiously for a boost of $300 in weekly unemployment payments to hit their bank accounts in the coming days.

In August, Long Island was still down 152,200 jobs from a year earlier, the state Labor Department reported Thursday, with a gain of 7,500 nonfarm jobs on a month-to-month basis. The monthly gain is well below the 17,800 jobs gained in July, and the pace of growth has slowed since the 78,000 new jobs reported in June.

“The overall pace of job growth on Long Island slowed,” said Shital Patel, labor market analyst in the Labor Department’s Hicksville office. “The large gains in jobs in May, June, and July reflect the phased reopening of the economy.”

Patel said that the slower job growth in August is likely due to businesses relying on smaller

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Taye Diggs gives Emmett Till’s legacy a boost

The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 in Money, Mississippi, is remembered as one of the most brutal and heinous crimes committed during the Jim Crow era. His death served as a catalyst for change, and accelerated the civil rights movement of the 1950s-’60s.

But his story still needs to be told, actor Taye Diggs said.

Diggs, 49, recently began tweeting about Till and the foundation established in his name to continue the teen’s legacy.

“It recently came to my attention that there is an @EmmettTill account on Twitter and that it only had approximately 3,500 followers,” Diggs said in an email interview with the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. “The account is maintained by Emmett Till’s family through the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation.”

2017: Justice Department may reopen Emmett Till case

Once Diggs began tweeting about Till and the Emmett Till Legacy

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S.African artisanal cheesery hopes virus will boost Slow Food

Clarens (South Africa) (AFP) – Cheddar-making was put on hold when coronavirus struck an artisanal cheesery on the outskirts of Clarens, a town tucked into the foothills of the Maluti mountains of central South Africa.

Hard cheeses requiring months of ripening were no longer viable, and the small business battled to stay afloat as sales plummeted.

Cheesemaker Marietjie Crowther only managed to produce small amounts of her signature smoked mozzarella and chilli-infused “string cheese”.

Rare buyers were found among the few butcher’s shops and delis that stayed open during the virus lockdown.

But with restrictions eased and customers trickling back, Marietjie and her husband Danie believe coronavirus could boost demand for locally-produced foods in the long run.

“I have noticed that some retailers tell us they want to focus more on local products,” said Danie, who co-owns Noah’s Cheese with his wife.

“To rely on food from far away doesn’t

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