Unemployment

Untapped Talent: The Long-Term Unemployed

Filed in Unemployment, Workforce Development by on February 20, 2015 0 Comments
Untapped Talent: The Long-Term Unemployed

Editor’s Note: The following guest post is by Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County in Washington State. While the Seattle metropolitan area has steadily recovered from the Great Recession to an unemployment rate now around 4.6 percent, we suffer from a problem that is endemic across the country: […]

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Changing the Lives of Veterans Like Me

Filed in Unemployment, Veterans by on February 15, 2015 2 Comments
Changing the Lives of Veterans Like Me

As a veterans outreach specialist for Old Pueblo Community Services in Tucson, Arizona, I helped more than 100 homeless veterans find housing last year. The position was the best thing that has ever happened to me because it gives me the capacity to help as many people as possible – and because after serving in […]

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A Day in the Life: Salt Lake City, Utah

During his State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, President Obama laid out his vision for expanding opportunity for Americans. Building on this message, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah, this week to talk with business and community leaders about ways to help more people secure a foothold in the middle […]

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2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

2014 in Review: Secretary Perez Answers Your Questions

The U.S. economy closed out 2014 on a continued hot streak – 252,000 new jobs in December alone, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6 percent. Our businesses have added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months, the longest streak of job growth on record. To recap the year, Secretary Perez answered your questions about […]

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A Year of Action and Progress

A Year of Action and Progress

The Labor Department’s 102nd year — my first full one as Secretary — has been one of action and progress.  We have worked every day to ensure that a growing economy benefits everyone. That starts with ensuring we continue on the road to economic recovery – and we made great progress along that road in […]

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Keeping Up the Pace

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Secretary Perez, Unemployment by on December 5, 2014 0 Comments
Keeping Up the Pace

Today’s jobs report showed robust job growth continued in November, with the addition of 321,000 new jobs, the most in a single month since January 2012. We’ve now had an unprecedented run of 57 straight months of private-sector job growth, with nearly 11 million jobs created over that time. November was the 10th consecutive month […]

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Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

            “The challenges confronting people who want to punch their ticket to the middle class, and businesses that want to grow, entail for [their] effective and sustainable resolution unprecedented levels of interagency collaboration.”              — Secretary Tom Perez, November 3, 2014 When people have problems, they don’t have Labor Department […]

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What Still Keeps Me Up At Night

What Still Keeps Me Up At Night

Editor’s Note: Update: Since this post was published, Leo from New Jersey, who participated in the roundtable and is profiled below, has completed his training program and landed a new job as a machine operator with a New Jersey manufacturing company. The economy has grown with remarkable strength, with 2014 on pace to be the […]

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Paying It Forward: Investing in the Future of Hispanic Americans

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage, Paid Leave, Safety, Unemployment, Women by on October 14, 2014 0 Comments
Paying It Forward: Investing in the Future of Hispanic Americans

At the beginning of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, Secretary Perez emphasized the importance of expanding opportunity for Latinos, writing: The strength of our economy in the decades to come depends on investing in them, their skills and their education. Closing opportunity gaps isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the only sensible strategy […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Expanding Opportunity for All (Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Expandiendo Oportunidades para Todos)

Hispanic Heritage Month: Expanding Opportunity for All (Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Expandiendo Oportunidades para Todos)

Editor’s Note: During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we will run a series of blog posts related to how we can help expand opportunity for more people in America. For real-time updates in Spanish, follow the department on Twitterand Facebook. As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I think about […]

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