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Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 850,000 jobs in the month of June, and the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, compared to 5.8 percent in May.
Earlier this week, Vice President Kamala Harris and I held the first White House Organizing and Empowerment Task Force listening session at the IBEW Local 5 training center.
Historians affirm what celebrants of Juneteenth have long known: that slavery’s overthrow was the culmination of countless acts of resilience, resistance, organizing, and uprising by enslaved and formerly enslaved people.
The pandemic brought home the injustice of the digital divide, and made this fundamental fact more clear: Expanded access to broadband is critical to building an inclusive workforce.
Care is a universal need, not a luxury, and should be accessible and affordable – but too many families face barriers when they need it.
Immigrant workers have long contributed a great deal to our communities and are a critical part of our economy. But far too often their work is undervalued and their rights ignored. As a nation built by immigrants, we have to do better.
On Memorial Day, we honor those who sacrificed everything so we could go on living in a land where our rights are protected and our dreams are within reach. All of us are indebted to them.
At the Department of Labor, we’re taking action to remove barriers to coverage for mental health and substance use treatment in employer health plans. That’s a priority for me.
We have a lot of work left to do but we’re off to a strong start. I’m excited about what we can accomplish in the next 100 days and beyond.