Tag: Job Growth

Latest Jobs Report Shows a Dynamic Recovery

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Perez by on February 6, 2015 0 Comments
Latest Jobs Report Shows a Dynamic Recovery

2015 is picking up right where 2014 left off – with strong, steady, sustained job growth that is leading a dynamic recovery. Employers and workers alike are showing renewed confidence in the economy, which added 257,000 jobs in January (267,000 in the private sector). Private employers have now created 11.8 million jobs over the last […]

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Higher Wages, a Stronger Bottom Line and Job Growth

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on August 1, 2014 2 Comments
Higher Wages, a Stronger Bottom Line and Job Growth

As President Obama has said, raising the minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for working families, it is also smart economics. Consumer spending accounts for almost 70 percent of GDP. When you put more money in the pockets of working people, they don’t hide it in a mattress – they pump it right […]

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Investments to Invigorate the Economy

Investments to Invigorate the Economy

The August jobs report tells a story of an economy slowly and steadily continuing to heal, with 169,000 new jobs added. We have now had 42 straight months of private-sector job growth, with nearly 7.5 million private-sector jobs created over that time. At 7.3 percent, the unemployment rate continues to remain stable and has now […]

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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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Supporting Our Service Women

Filed in Jobs, Veterans, Women by on March 21, 2013 5 Comments
Supporting Our Service Women

The service of women in American war efforts is older than our nation itself. Women served as battlefield nurses, cannon loaders, spies and more during the American Revolution. Through two World Wars, tens of thousands of army nurses served overseas to care for the wounded. Some 7,000 women served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam […]

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Supersectors Reveal Positive Signs for Economy

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on March 12, 2013 0 Comments
Supersectors Reveal Positive Signs for Economy

Like you, the first time I see the current Employment Situation report is the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the data. Last Friday morning, as I sat down for my monthly briefing, I was excited to learn that the construction industry added 48,000 jobs, the highest monthly increase since March 2007. […]

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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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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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