Business briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 20 |

Business briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 20

County Curbside, along with Allied Waste, will be on the following schedule during the weeks of Christmas Day and New Years Day. All residential trash and recycle and all commercial trash and recycle will be delayed one day. If your service day is on Monday pickup will be on Tuesday, Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday, Thursday will be picked up on Friday and Friday will be picked up on Saturday. On Monday, Jan. 8 all schedules will return to normal. Any questions, please call Allied Waste at (435) 615-8311.

Utah’s employment remains strong in November

Utah’s number of non-farm wage and salaried jobs remained strong over the past year with an increase of 4.9 percent for November. Approximately 57,700 new jobs have been created in the Utah economy over the past year, raising total wage and salary employment in Utah to 1.23 million. Utah remains one of the best performing economies in the nation. Utah’s October employment growth rate was revised up from 5.0 percent to 5.1 percent.

600,000 expected to travel for the holidays

With the arrival of winter weather, the end-of-the-year holiday travel impulse is beginning to take hold of Utahns. The latest AAA Travel survey finds that approximately 600,000 Utahns are expected to travel this holiday season, a 1.6 percent increase over last year.

According to AAA Utah, over 470,000 Utahns (80 percent) are expected to travel by motor vehicle, a 1.4 percent increase from last year. Airports will stay busy with over 90,000 (15 percent) residents expected to fly to reach their holiday destinations. Air travel is up 2.7 percent from the same holiday period in 2005. Over 30,000 (5 percent) are expected to travel by bus, train or boat cruises.

Nationally, AAA predicts that 64.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. Nationally, travel is up 2.2 percent over last year.

For air travelers, this holiday season can add extra stress. According to latest government figures, 2006 is on track as being the worst year for lost, delayed, damaged or stolen baggage in more than a decade. The nation’s 20 largest airlines’ on-time arrival rate of 72.9 percent in October is down from 81.3 percent last year, according to the latest Air Travel Consumer Report.

According to the latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules, Americans traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean will need a valid passport starting Jan. 23. This only includes air travel and not passengers driving or taking cruises.

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