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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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Take Three: Raising the Minimum Wage Myths

Filed in Minimum Wage, Workforce Investment by on February 22, 2013 10 Comments
Take Three: Raising the Minimum Wage Myths

The president’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage will benefit 15 million American workers, and have a positive effect on the economy. Still, there are some common myths about raising the minimum wage. We checked in with our Chief Economist Jennifer Hunt on the following three myths: Myth: Raising the minimum wage reduces employment. […]

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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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#DOL100: Join the Conversation on Twitter

#DOL100: Join the Conversation on Twitter

Then. Now. Next. The U.S. Labor Department has touched families and lives across the country for nearly one hundred years. From infancy, we ensure that working parents can care for newborns under the Family and Medical Leave Act. And in retirement, we’re the folks who protect your pensions.  Health and safety in the workplace? That’s […]

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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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Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis by on November 9, 2012 4 Comments
Veterans Day 2012: Honoring Heroic Sacrifice

On Monday, America will celebrate the sacrifices of the men and women who’ve served their country in the armed forces. I strongly believe that the best way we can honor our veterans is to employ them. We’ve now lowered our unemployment rate for our veterans to 6.3 percent – well below the national average – […]

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Consistently Growing Jobs and Our Economy

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on November 2, 2012 0 Comments
Consistently Growing Jobs and Our Economy

Our nation’s labor market added 171,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, while the unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent. Additionally, our economy added back more than 84,000 jobs in August and September than had been initially reported. October’s report marks 32 straight months of private sector job growth totaling more than 5.4 million […]

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Innovation and Reinvention on Display at America’s Community Colleges

Innovation and Reinvention on Display at America’s Community Colleges

Last month, I announced $500 million in new grants to colleges around the country through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program. Since then, I’ve visited 16 community colleges in 13 states; from St. Petersburg to Seattle, Connecticut to California, Vermont to Arizona, and just about everywhere in between.  And I have to […]

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Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

Filed in Disabilities, Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

In order to effectively prepare to enter the workforce, young people with disabilities—like all young people—must have the opportunity to explore their employment potential through firsthand experience and trusted relationships with older, more experienced workers. I know this because I was once one of those young people. And I wouldn’t be where I am today […]

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