Archive for January, 2012

You name it, they do it: Homecare providers in their own words

Filed in Workplace Rights by on January 13, 2012 22 Comments
You name it, they do it: Homecare providers in their own words

Homecare providers, caregivers, personal assistants – the millions of workers who provide in-home care in this country go by many names, but they all share a commitment to serving others. Unfortunately, many of these workers share something else in common: low wages. Although they provide a valuable service to many Americans, assisting their clients with […]

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Moving Forward: The Future of America’s Auto Communities

Some of you may know that I spent most of this week in Michigan. Last night as we flew back to D.C., I had the opportunity to speak with a member of my staff about all the innovation we saw, all of the conversations we were a part of, and all of the energy we […]

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DOL Transparency on the Go

Filed in Open Government, Web Apps by on January 10, 2012 35 Comments
DOL Transparency on the Go

Making federal government data more user-friendly and accessible to the public gives citizens an opportunity to ensure government accountability and encourages engagement and influence in the decision-making process.  Data.gov has been a tremendous asset in accomplishing this goal, allowing anyone  to download government datasets, large and small, However, while experts on the data can extract […]

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Revisions to Seasonally Adjusted Household Survey Data

Filed in Jobs by on January 9, 2012 1 Comment
Revisions to Seasonally Adjusted Household Survey Data

At the end of every calendar year, BLS makes routine revisions to the seasonally adjusted data in the Current Population Survey (CPS), which includes the national unemployment rate. The revisions include all additional information to identify if changes in the data are one-time or seasonal temporary blips as opposed to permanent changes in the numbers. […]

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On the Path to Full Recovery

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on January 6, 2012 16 Comments
On the Path to Full Recovery

Our nation’s strengthening labor market posted broad-based growth in the month of December. Nonfarm payroll employment added 200,000 jobs, exceeding expectations, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, its lowest level in nearly three years. Month by month, industry by industry, and state by state, America’s labor market grew stronger in 2011. We’re now […]

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It’s Cold Outside … and I’m Thinking of Summer (Jobs)

It’s Cold Outside … and I’m Thinking of Summer (Jobs)

This week in Washington, we got our first taste of snow and sub-freezing temperatures of the New Year. As a California native, I admit my thoughts instinctively turned to the summer. I can’t help it. It’s in my DNA. But I’m in good company because President Obama has been thinking about the summer, too. He […]

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