The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board — based in San Bernardino — has announced a new board member, Lt. Colonel Thomas Fisher, who is an officer at the U.S. Marine Corps’ logistics base in Barstow and was appointed to the board by 1st District San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.
Fisher oversees the management operations of the base, including environment, administration and security, and has established relationships with local community colleges. He hopes to provide a link between the workforce board and the needs of regional programs.
The workforce board helps workers build skills to meet the needs of employers in the county.
Colton-based Arrowhead Radiology Medical Group has selected San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK) to manage its revenue cycle operations. The nine-physician radiology group is part of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
McKesson‘s Revenue Management Solutions group will provide an array of services, including billing, accounts receivable management, reporting and account management services.
“Arrowhead (Radiology Medical Group) will leverage McKesson‘s extensive experience to help increase revenue through improved collections, reporting and account management,” a news release states.
The Ontario-San Bernardino-Riverside unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in September, according to a recently-released report by California’s Employment Development Department.
That’s down from 9.2 percent in August, and above the year-ago estimate of 6.3 percent.
In September, total nonfarm employment increased by 5,600.
But from September 2007 to September 2008, total nonfarm employment dropped by almost 20,000 jobs — about 1.6 percent. The local construction sector keeps posting the greatest month-over declines.
The region’s unemployment rate was less than 5 percent in October 2006.
Home sales across Southern California jumped a whopping 65 percent over one year from the record lows of September 2007, according to La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems, a real-estate data information services company.
More than 20,000 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the six-county Southland area in September, up 5.8 percent from August and about 65 percent from September 2007.
In San Bernardino County, about 63 percent of existing home sales had been foreclosed on, and about 69 percent in Riverside County.
Nonetheless, last month’s sales were still the second-lowest for any September since 1996 and were 17 percent below the 20-year sales average for that month.