Tag: American Jobs Act

Embracing the ‘Made in the USA’ Label

Embracing the ‘Made in the USA’ Label

Our nation’s labor market added 80,000 jobs in the month of June, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent. We have seen 28 straight months of private sector job growth, during which time our economy has added back close to 4.4 million private sector jobs, with nearly one million jobs added this year. […]

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Largest April Job Gains in Good-paying Careers

Largest April Job Gains in Good-paying Careers

Our nation’s labor market added 130,000 private sector jobs in the month of April, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, its lowest level in three years. Over the last four months, we’ve added an average of 207,000 private sector jobs. Significantly, the labor market added 53,000 more private sector jobs in February and […]

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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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Progress and Persistence in Pursuit of Workplace Equality

Filed in Secretary Solis, Workplace Rights by on November 21, 2011 6 Comments
Progress and Persistence in Pursuit of Workplace Equality

On Friday, I was proud to attend the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) annual dinner to talk about this Administration’s commitment to support LGBT entrepreneurs and workers. I’ve spent the last two decades fighting for equal opportunity for LGBT Americans, so I was honored to receive the NGLCC’s Extra Mile Award. But […]

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Ohio’s Job Clubs Use Social Capital and Social Media to Help Job Seekers Succeed

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on November 16, 2011 1 Comment
Ohio’s Job Clubs Use Social Capital and Social Media to Help Job Seekers Succeed

In Northeast Ohio there is a growing movement of community-based job clubs finding success in helping a wide range of workers get and keep good jobs. To learn more about the work of these job clubs and to facilitate partnerships between these groups and the Department of Labor administered workforce investment system, my office held […]

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Unemployment Rate: Lowest Level in Six Months

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on November 4, 2011 11 Comments
Unemployment Rate: Lowest Level in Six Months

Our nation’s labor market posted stable growth in the month of October. We added 104,000 private sector jobs last month, as well as 102,000 more jobs than had previously been reported in August and September. And the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent, its lowest level in six months. We’ve now created 2.8 million jobs […]

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A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Filed in Green Jobs, Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 2, 2011

Last month, I stood under a bridge in Minneapolis and made the case for the transportation provisions of the American Jobs Act that would create jobs and economic growth. It was a powerful event. I stood with construction workers in hard hats right under the 10th Street Bridge, looked into the cameras and asked a […]

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Inspiring Financial Empowerment of Women

Filed in Education by on October 21, 2011 8 Comments
Inspiring Financial Empowerment of Women

I hear it everywhere I go, from family and friends to colleagues and neighbors: The empowerment and development of women and girls can positively improve the economic prosperity of millions of women, American families and our economy. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to be part of a great women’s empowerment effort in my […]

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Quality Electrodynamics – Ohio Manufacturer Doing it Right

Filed in Green Jobs, Jobs by on October 21, 2011 2 Comments
Quality Electrodynamics – Ohio Manufacturer Doing it Right

On Tuesday, I visited Quality Electrodynamics (QED), a medical parts manufacturer located in Mayfield Village, Ohio.  I toured QED with the company’s founder Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita and local elected officials, met some of QED’s employees, and discussed how the President’s American Jobs Act would encourage QED and companies like all across America to expand, hire […]

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Delivering on the Dream

Filed in Jobs by on October 14, 2011 4 Comments

As the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, I am reminded of my mother, Elisa.  She persevered through adversity to ensure that her six children would have a better life. She instilled in us a confidence to have big dreams despite growing up in public housing in Harlem. Mom lived long enough […]

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