Tag: Unemployment Insurance

Investing in America’s Middle Class

Investing in America’s Middle Class

A few weeks ago, during his State of the Union address, President Obama told the American people that, now that we are out from under the shadow of the Great Recession, it’s time for us to decide what kind of nation we are going to be for the future. “Will we accept an economy where […]

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Unemployment Challenges for AAPI Workers

Unemployment Challenges for AAPI Workers

As part of our commemoration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the department has been sharing the latest data highlighting the status of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in our nation’s labor market. Secretary Perez kicked off the blog series by talking about the overall employment situation for AAPI communities, and Deputy Secretary Chris Lu followed with […]

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Encouraging Numbers, but We’re Not Celebrating Yet

Encouraging Numbers, but We’re Not Celebrating Yet

Today’s jobs report tells the story of a solid and steady economic recovery delivering more opportunity for more people. We saw 192,000 new jobs in the month of March, and the private sector has now created 8.9 million jobs over the last 49 consecutive months of employment growth. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent […]

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The 1970s: Bringing Safety to the Forefront

Filed in Centennial, DOL, Mining, Retirement, Safety, Workplace Rights by on January 30, 2014 1 Comment
The 1970s: Bringing Safety to the Forefront

The U.S. Department of Labor first came into my life in 1979, when I was 15. That was when I got my first job. I was an usher at a cinema in my hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. It was a great gig; I got paid and got to see movies for free! But I also learned about […]

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The State of the Union: Empowering the Middle Class, Getting the Unemployed Back in the Game

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Secretary Perez, Unemployment by on January 29, 2014 6 Comments
The State of the Union: Empowering the Middle Class, Getting the Unemployed Back in the Game

In his State of the Union address last night, the President laid out a strong vision based on opportunity, action and optimism. It has at its core a belief that America is strong when the middle class is strong. Misty DeMars of Oak Park, Ill., had a great seat for it – right between First […]

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Dispelling the Myths of the Long-Term Unemployed

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment by on January 10, 2014 19 Comments
Dispelling the Myths of the Long-Term Unemployed

More than a dozen long-term unemployed individuals from New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this week to meet with Secretary Thomas Perez and share their stories about struggling to make ends meet while being out of work for extended periods of time. The group of workers, some of whom have been […]

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Five Extraordinary Books That Work

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Five Extraordinary Books That Work

Based on public input, we’ve added another five titles to the U.S. Department of Labor’s list of Books that Shaped Work in America, bringing total number to 102. Like so many others on the evolving list, these additions reinforce my belief that literature from years past can often help us understand issues we are facing […]

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Cutting Emergency Unemployment Compensation Means Cutting Jobs Nationwide

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment by on January 7, 2014 2 Comments
Cutting Emergency Unemployment Compensation Means Cutting Jobs Nationwide

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, first enacted in 2008, has indirectly helped save jobs in many local communities. By providing modest income support to the unemployed while they continue to look for work, people are able to buy food for their families, keep a roof over their heads and/or maintain their medications − among other essential […]

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By the Numbers: 4.9 Million Americans Could Lose Unemployment Benefits By the End of 2014

Filed in DOL, Unemployment, Workforce Development by on January 6, 2014 2 Comments
By the Numbers: 4.9 Million Americans Could Lose Unemployment Benefits By the End of 2014

Because Congress failed to act to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, 1.3 million American have been prematurely cut off from unemployment benefits since Dec. 28. If Congress does not take action, millions more Americans will suffer and will struggle to pay for basic needs as they continue to search for work. Last month, the […]

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Americans Suffer After Failure to Extend Emergency Unemployment Benefits

Filed in DOL by on January 3, 2014 13 Comments
Americans Suffer After Failure to Extend Emergency Unemployment Benefits

Ed. Note: As of  January 25, 2014, an additional 300,000 Americans will lose their emergency unemployment benefits, bringing the total to 1.6 million Americans who will have lost a critical lifeline as they continue to look for a job. As congress continues to fail to act, this number will continue to  increase. Last month, Congress failed to extend funding for […]

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