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Visualizing BLS Data to Improve Understanding

Filed in Data by on May 22, 2015 0 Comments
Visualizing BLS Data to Improve Understanding

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the value of a striking, cool chart or map of some BLS data? At the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’re always thinking of better ways to help our users understand the information we produce. The global economy is complex, and the statistics to explain the […]

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Why I Stood Down for Fall Safety

Filed in Safety by on May 21, 2015 0 Comments
Why I Stood Down for Fall Safety

In April, Kathy Pierce spoke at the Department of Labor’s Workers Memorial Day event. Kathy told us the harrowing and heartbreaking details of her son’s death after a fall from a communication tower last year. She told us about the life lost simply because her son was not provided the proper protections while climbing. “So […]

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Cutting Corners Puts Farmworkers at Risk

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on May 21, 2015 0 Comments
Cutting Corners Puts Farmworkers at Risk

Earlier this year, four farmworkers were killed outside of Fresno, California, when the minivan transporting them back home from the local orange groves where they had been working collided with a big rig. Just days later, five more farmworkers died when their vehicle collided with a pickup truck in heavy fog outside Stockton. These deaths […]

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Better Service for Those Who Served

Better Service for Those Who Served

One of the most important functions of the Labor Department is what I like to call our Match.com function – we connect Americans seeking opportunity with employers looking to expand their businesses. In the process, we help people punch their ticket to the middle class. Much of this work is done in the 2,500 American […]

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Top 3 Things You Should Know about the Black Lung Benefits Act Rule

Filed in Mining by on May 20, 2015 0 Comments
Top 3 Things You Should Know about the Black Lung Benefits Act Rule

Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (also known as black lung) has been a cause or contributing factor in the death of more than 76,000 miners since 1968. Caused by breathing unhealthy coal mine dust, this disease has cost more than $45 billion dollars in federal compensation […]

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Siemens: An ApprenticeshipUSA LEADER in STEM Fields

Siemens: An ApprenticeshipUSA LEADER in STEM Fields

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog post is authored by Mike Panigel, senior vice president and chief human resources office for Siemens USA. Siemens is part of ApprenticeshipUSA’s LEADER program. Learn more about the program at www.dol.gov/apprenticeship. The Business Roundtable recently conducted a survey of member companies to determine where the biggest gaps are in skills. The […]

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About (Over)time

Filed in Overtime, Workplace Rights by on May 18, 2015 2 Comments
About (Over)time

To help build real, lasting economic security for more hardworking Americans, President Obama has directed Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay protections and to simplify the rules about overtime for employers and workers alike. We’ve been hard at work developing a proposal that will do these things, […]

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Speaking Up for Vulnerable AAPI Workers

Filed in Workplace Rights by on May 18, 2015 0 Comments
Speaking Up for Vulnerable AAPI Workers

Every May we celebrate the contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in building a better, stronger, more vibrant America. As the fastest growing ethnic population in the U.S., AAPIs are also playing an important role in the nation’s economy − from Filipino health care workers to Korean grocers to South Asian taxi drivers to Vietnamese […]

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Improving Mental Health for Workers, This Month and Every Month

Filed in Disabilities by on May 14, 2015 1 Comment
Improving Mental Health for Workers, This Month and Every Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year I find myself viewing this issue through an international lens. That’s because in March, I had the distinct honor of travelling to The Hague to represent the U.S. Department of Labor at a policy forum on mental health and work sponsored by the Organization for […]

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Four Things You Need to Know About JOLTS

Filed in Data, Jobs by on May 14, 2015 0 Comments
Four Things You Need to Know About JOLTS

On the first Friday of each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases (among other things) its estimate of the number of jobs created in the previous month. These “jobs day” numbers gain a lot of media attention. Just a few days later, though, BLS releases another set of important estimates, this time from the […]

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