Tag: Unemployment

A Battle to Not Be Invisible

A Battle to Not Be Invisible

As secretary of labor, nothing keeps me up at night more than the plight of the long-term unemployed. As our economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, some of our neighbors feel as though they’ve been left behind. We have approximately 3.5 million people experiencing long-term unemployment − that is, out of work for […]

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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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Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on February 7, 2013 6 Comments
Serving Veterans: Our Duty, Our Honor

No others are owed a greater measure of gratitude for our rights and freedoms than the men and women who answer the call to serve in our armed forces. That is why the Labor Department works to help service members transition from the military to good civilian jobs, and why we announced changes to the […]

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The Global Face of Labor

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Unemployment, Workforce Development by on January 17, 2013 0 Comments
The Global Face of Labor

In August, Russia will host leaders from the 20 largest economies in the world – the G20 – for the 2013 G20 Summit. Although the event is several months away, there is much to be done before it can occur. And the Department of Labor has an important role to play. The economic crisis of […]

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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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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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Americans Back to Work; Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.8 Percent

Filed in Jobs, Secretary Solis, Unemployment by on October 5, 2012 3 Comments
Americans Back to Work; Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.8 Percent

Our nation’s labor market added 114,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in September, while the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, its lowest level since January 2009. Additionally, 86,000 more Americans found jobs in July and August than had been previously reported. The significant drop in the jobless rate was driven by people going back to work, […]

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