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October 2019

Hollywood Halloween 2019

We are always looking for opportunities create camaraderie by having some fun and socializing in the office.  Halloween gave us this opportunity as well as giving each colleague the ability to express their individuality.  This year’s theme was ‘Hollywood Halloween’ where each department, team, or group chose a movie or television show as the basis for their costumes.  As you can see in the images below, we have some creative groups who perfectly portrayed Saturday Night Live, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Grey’s Anatomy, Snoopy and more.  We awarded trophies for best individual costume (Dora the Explorer), best group/duo (Shinning Twins), and department (Snoopy).

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Hollywood Halloween

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The Consumer Price Index has reported a 1.7 percent increase in the cost of living for the
state of South Dakota, resulting in a higher minimum wage for the new year. The current
rate of $9.10/ hour will be bumped up to $9.30/ hour on the first day of 2020. The rate for
tipped employees will be $4.65/ hour, with the total of wages and tips equaling at least
twice this minimum wage amount.

To learn more about this adjustment, click here.


The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending October 12,
2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 214,000
  • 4 week moving average: 214,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,679,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,669,750
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 197,841
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 0.9%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,366,919

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Tough Mudder

Tough & Company take on the Tough Mudder

Not your average team building event, but a memorable one none the less.  On October 5th a group of Thomas & Company employees plus a few friends and relatives took on the endurance race known as the Tough Mudder.  This race consists of 8.5 miles and 25 obstacles that play on common fears such as fire, water, electricity and heights.  Each participant must rely on other “mudders” in order to complete this race, making it more of a team event than an individual race.  Our team relied on each other to persevere through adversity.  We all face obstacles in our day to day tasks, but when you know you have a teammate right next to you willing to lend a hand, those obstacles are a little easier to overcome.  A few bumps, scrapes and bruises were endured, but the overall experience brought us closer together for a memory we won’t soon forget.