Tag: Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris

We’re Gaining Momentum, Now it’s Time to Hit the Gas

We’re Gaining Momentum, Now it’s Time to Hit the Gas

The April jobs report shows that the economy added 165,000 total nonfarm jobs in April, and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.5 percent − a four-year low. That means 6.8 million new jobs over 38 consecutive months of private-sector job growth following the Great Recession. The revisions to February and March showing additional employment gains […]

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Partnering to Rebuild the Economy

Filed in DOL by on April 5, 2013 4 Comments
Partnering to Rebuild the Economy

Today’s jobs report shows that 95,000 new private sector jobs were added in March. It’s more evidence that the U.S. economy continues to bounce back, but not quickly enough for too many middle-class families. The unemployment rate ticked downward slightly to 7.6 percent, the seventh consecutive month below 8 percent. Private employment has now increased for […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a Moral and Economic Imperative

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Investment by on March 28, 2013 3 Comments
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: a Moral and Economic Imperative

“Our beautiful America was built by a nation of strangers. From a hundred different places or more they have poured forth…joining and blending in one mighty and irresistible tide. The land flourished because it was fed from so many different sources – because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and people.” — […]

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The Best Case for a Minimum Wage Raise: Workers’ Stories

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 22, 2013 3 Comments
The Best Case for a Minimum Wage Raise: Workers’ Stories

Earlier this week, I continued the Labor Department’s minimum wage tour in support of the president’s proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  On Wednesday, I spoke with workers in Cincinnati – where I was joined by Mayor Mark Mallory – and in Indianapolis. Like the discussions other DOL officials and I have had across […]

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A Fast Track to Civilian Employment

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Workforce Development, Workforce Investment by on February 26, 2013 5 Comments
A Fast Track to Civilian Employment

There is no better way to honor veterans’ service than by hiring them. Yet despite immense training and valuable, battle-tested leadership experience, veterans often face difficulties in obtaining recognition of their skills for the licenses and certifications required by private sector jobs. And the frequent moves that are a part of military life can create […]

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Cleveland Stories: An Argument for a Higher Minimum Wage

Cleveland Stories: An Argument for a Higher Minimum Wage

There are numerous robust economic arguments to make about the economic benefits of a minimum wage increase. The increase will provide a direct benefit to 15 million workers, increase the productivity of our businesses, and strengthen the middleclass and our economy as a whole. But the most powerful argument to be made is by minimum […]

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Living Against the Current

Filed in Jobs, Minimum Wage, Unemployment by on February 14, 2013 8 Comments
Living Against the Current

They looked me directly in the eyes. They were forthright, bold and persuasive. Until recently, Tracey Mulvehill has been holding down two jobs to make ends meet, one of which was for minimum wage at a casino. “It feels like I’ve been living against the current, trying to stay above water,” she said. Jessica Nunez […]

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Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on February 7, 2013 6 Comments
Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

No others are owed a greater measure of gratitude for our rights and freedoms than the men and women who answer the call to serve in our armed forces. That is why the Labor Department works to help service members transition from the military to good civilian jobs, and why we announced changes to the […]

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Steady Gains on the Path to Recovery

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment, Workforce Development by on February 1, 2013 3 Comments
Steady Gains on the Path to Recovery

Today’s jobs report shows solid, steady growth in jobs. The economy added 157,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in January, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent. January’s report marks 35 consecutive months of private sector job growth totaling more than 6.1 million jobs. It also shows that the economy gained 2.25 million private sector jobs […]

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A Moment for Renewal

A Moment for Renewal

After spending twelve of the last twenty years working at the Department of Labor, it is an honor and privilege to serve as the acting secretary of labor. The Labor Department’s work to fulfill the goal of Good Jobs for Everyone remains, as ever, in progress. Millions of people depend on the Labor Department to […]

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