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Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America’s Infrastructure

Filed in Jobs by on January 16, 2015 0 Comments
Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America’s Infrastructure

Editor’s Note: This originally ran on the White House blog. View the original here.  It’s estimated that it would take $3.6 trillion to bring America’s infrastructure up to date by 2020. Across the nation, our bridges, pipelines, roads and railroads are in dire need of repair and modernization. In fact, it would cost $600 billion over […]

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A Day in the Life: Deric

A Day in the Life: Deric

Meet Deric. Deric Richardson had been out of work for over a year. He had a GED and a Microsoft Office certificate, but needed an opportunity to improve his skills. That opportunity came in the form of tuition-free training in laboratory skills provided by the nonprofit BioTechnical Institute of Maryland. Shortly after successfully completing the […]

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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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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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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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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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Strong Headwinds: Employment Losses after Hurricanes

Filed in Jobs by on December 5, 2012 4 Comments
Strong Headwinds: Employment Losses after Hurricanes

Last week, Secretary Solis toured areas of Staten Island, N.Y., and saw firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. It was her second trip to New York as part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to provide support for the hardest-hit areas. More than a month after the storm, piles of debris still remain where homes […]

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The Continued and Steady Labor Market Recovery

Filed in Jobs by on July 19, 2012 3 Comments
The Continued and Steady Labor Market Recovery

The U.S. economy is working its way back from the Great Recession. One indication has been that unemployment insurance claims have steadily fallen since September and they are now at the same level as in March of 2008. Additionally, layoffs are at the same level as in 2006. We also recently learned that the ratio […]

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On May’s Employment Report

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on June 4, 2012 3 Comments
On May’s Employment Report

While Friday’s jobs report was a bump in the road to recovery, our labor market continues to show signs of economic growth. We have had 27 straight months of private sector job growth, which has helped 4.3 million Americans get back to work. This expansion has been broad, with every industry (except government) showing clear […]

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Work Sharing: A Success Story

Filed in Jobs by on September 14, 2011 7 Comments
Work Sharing: A Success Story

On Monday, I traveled to Rhode Island to visit the Pilgrim Screw Corporation with members of the state’s Congressional delegation.  I toured Pilgrim’s offices and factory with Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, and senior officials from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, as well as Pilgrim’s President Geoff Grove […]

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