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Beginnings and Endings: My Journey of Public Service

Filed in Secretary Solis by on January 22, 2013 20 Comments

It has been an honor to be your secretary of labor. Today, as I prepared to say farewell, I decided that I wanted to share my experience through journeys, and through beginnings and endings, because that reflects what’s in my mind, and more importantly, what is in my heart at this present moment. Thirty-two years […]

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Today, We Serve

Filed in Secretary Solis by on January 19, 2013 2 Comments
Today, We Serve

What inspires us to serve? What is it about our national character that makes service to others such an essential part of what unites us as a people? Many would say that it comes from the founding principles that were enshrined in our Constitution. Or that it was instilled in us by people who changed […]

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Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Overwhelmed by America’s natural beauty,  President Theodore Roosevelt once declared, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” The appreciation for America’s great outdoors combined with a sense of […]

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2012: A Strong Year of Consistent Growth

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on January 4, 2013 7 Comments
2012: A Strong Year of Consistent Growth

For nearly three years, steady gains have occurred across different sectors of the economy. Today’s jobs report marks 34 straight months of private sector job growth, which have added close to 5.8 million jobs. And December finishes a strong year of consistent growth with average increases of about 160,000 private sector jobs per month in […]

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Online Tool to Help Businesses Fight Child and Forced Labor

Around the world, roughly 215 million children toil in child labor; another 21 million people are trapped in forced labor. If these groups represented a single nation, it would be the fifth largest in the world. Governments and businesses both have a critical role to play in eradicating this problem. That is why today our […]

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Economic Recovery Remains on the Right Trajectory

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on December 7, 2012 0 Comments
Economic Recovery Remains on the Right Trajectory

Our nation added 146,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since December 2008. November’s jobs report means we’ve now seen 33 straight months of private sector job growth totaling nearly 5.6 million jobs. This year, we’ve created an average of 154,000 private sector jobs a […]

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One Step Closer to a World Free of AIDS

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on December 1, 2012 2 Comments
One Step Closer to a World Free of AIDS

On World AIDS Day, we reflect on friends and family members we have lost since the emergence of this pandemic more than 30 years ago. And while an encouraging United Nations report reveals the positive impact of international prevention and treatment programs, more than 1.7 million people died of AIDS-related illness last year. From our […]

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Support Your Local Merchants Saturday and “Shop Small”

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 23, 2012 4 Comments
Support Your Local Merchants Saturday and “Shop Small”

Hard-working small business owners—and their employees—have weathered a recession, the credit crunch, growing foreign competition and natural disasters to keep their doors open and our recovery moving. Now that the turkey, stuffing and gravy has digested, we all have an opportunity to show our appreciation to America’s most resilient job creators by “shopping small” tomorrow. […]

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Six Degrees of Job Creation

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Web Apps by on November 20, 2012 2 Comments
Six Degrees of Job Creation

Mark Granovetter coined the phrase “the strength of weak ties” in 1973 to describe a job-seeking phenomenon: that a large network of acquaintances is a powerful job-hunting tool. Our closest friends know many of the same people we know, he argued. But our more distant friends have different connections – and those connections can be […]

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Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 9, 2012 4 Comments
Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

On Monday, America will celebrate the sacrifices of the men and women who’ve served their country in the armed forces. I strongly believe that the best way we can honor our veterans is to employ them. We’ve now lowered our unemployment rate for our veterans to 6.3 percent – well below the national average – […]

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