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What Still Keeps Me Up At Night

What Still Keeps Me Up At Night

Editor’s Note: Update: Since this post was published, Leo from New Jersey, who participated in the roundtable and is profiled below, has completed his training program and landed a new job as a machine operator with a New Jersey manufacturing company. The economy has grown with remarkable strength, with 2014 on pace to be the […]

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G20 in Australia: Picking Up the Pace of Growth

Filed in DOL by on September 9, 2014 0 Comments
G20 in Australia: Picking Up the Pace of Growth

Editor’s Note: Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, Secretary Tom Perez traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to attend the G20, an opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues. Throughout the week, he shared his personal commentary in the following post. Greetings from Melbourne, Australia! This week I’m at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministerial […]

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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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Steady Job Growth Continues

Steady Job Growth Continues

The economy in May continued its steady recovery from the Great Recession, and we have now added 9.4 million new private-sector jobs over 51 consecutive months. The economy generated 217,000 new jobs in May — the fourth consecutive month exceeding 200,000 new jobs — and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent. We continue […]

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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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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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2012 Veterans Employment Report Reveals Positive Signs

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Veterans by on March 20, 2013 5 Comments
2012 Veterans Employment Report Reveals Positive Signs

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the “Employment Situation of Veterans – 2012,” a report that shows promising signs that post-9/11 veterans are finding and keeping jobs in larger numbers as our overall economy continues its steady recovery. But it also makes clear that we must continue to use every tool available to honor […]

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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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