Workforce Development

Untapped Talent: The Long-Term Unemployed

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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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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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A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona

A Day in The Life: Tucson, Arizona

During the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Obama talked about the progress our nation has made since the recession. He also shared his plan for what else can be done to help more people secure good jobs and climb the ladder of success. This week, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona, to echo […]

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Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers

Secretary Perez Answers Paid Leave Letter Writers

You may not know it, but only 12 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. have access to paid leave. That means a parent having to choose between going to work instead of staying home with a sick loved one, or a new mother having to go back to work too soon. Paid sick and family leave […]

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We’re Ready to Lead on Leave

We’re Ready to Lead on Leave

Ohio native Jason Burning moved to Frankfurt, Germany, to take a job in IT. He’s staying in Germany because of that nation’s smart working family polices. You see, Jason and his wife are expecting their second child. I met Jason during a trip to Germany last fall. When their first was born, he was able […]

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Ensuring “Opportunity” Extends to All

Ensuring “Opportunity” Extends to All

Last summer, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first major reform of the nation’s job training system in more than 15 years. The inclusion of the word “opportunity” is significant – it reflects a big step forward for our nation’s workforce system and the job seekers and employers it serves. […]

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Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

2014 was a year of action for the Labor Department. We’d like to say a big “thank you” to you – our readers – for being a part of it! Our blog readership more than doubled this year, and we sincerely appreciate all of your comments and feedback. As 2014 draws to a close, we’re […]

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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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2014 Year in Review: The Faces Behind the Numbers

2014 Year in Review: The Faces Behind the Numbers

My favorite aspect of the job of Labor Secretary is that it affords me the opportunity to meet people across the country from all walks of life, to hear their stories and their concerns, to witness their success. These people  guide our work at the Department of Labor. They’re the reason I get out of […]

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An Unprecedented Investment In Apprenticeship

An Unprecedented Investment In Apprenticeship

Jessica Cunningham started off on the path we traditionally see as the “right path” – graduating from high school and going off to college. But she quickly realized that the courses she was taking weren’t leading her in the right direction – and on top of that, it was a major strain on her finances. […]

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