Tag: workforce investment

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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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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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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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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Job Corps: Like Us on Facebook

Job Corps: Like Us on Facebook

Recently, the Office of Job Corps launched its Facebook page, marking the program’s first official steps into the world of social media.  We’re excited about joining this space and here’s why: Content.  We have a lot of it.  There are 125 Job Corps centers across the nation, and each one has powerful stories about self-improvement, […]

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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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