COVID vaccine http://blog.dol.gov/ en October Jobs Report: A Historic Pace http://blog.dol.gov/2021/11/05/october-jobs-report-a-historic-pace <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">October Jobs Report: A Historic Pace</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><center><img alt="Alt text: October 2021: Pandemic Recovery by Industry. Retail trade 94%. Professional &amp; Business Services 91%. Construction 87%. Leisure &amp; Hospitality83%. Manufacturing 81%. Government 10%. Source: bls.gov. dol.gov " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="896b8466-6bf4-4d1e-9b70-27ab5394499c" height="329" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/oct21-industries-tw.png" width="658" class="align-center" loading="lazy" /></center> <h5><br /> Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 531,000 jobs in the month of October, and the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in September.<br />   </h5> <p>The Biden-Harris Administration is getting Americans back to work at a historic pace, with 5.6 million jobs added since the President took office and an average of 620,000 jobs per month. October growth was strong across the private sector, with especially significant gains in manufacturing, business services, leisure and hospitality and the care economy, all hit hard by COVID. </p> <h5>This report reminds us how essential our pandemic response is to our economic recovery.  </h5> <p>Getting shots in arms and relief to families has allowed many more Americans to return to work and made our economy more resilient to issues like the Delta variant. Today's data reveals that the number of people who are not re-joining the workforce due to covid-related concerns dropped to its lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic. We need to keep doing everything we can to help people stay healthy and return to work with confidence. Continuing to prioritize public health through measures such as workplace vaccination and testing policies will be key to our progress moving forward. </p> <h5>This report is promising – but we still have work to do.   </h5> <p>The report also shows that unemployment among Black and Hispanic workers, and workers without high school diplomas, remained significantly higher than the overall rate, another clear indicator that we must prioritize equity in our economic recovery. The President’s infrastructure and Build Back Better plans would address these needs directly by creating quality jobs, building inclusive pathways into those jobs, and lowering costs for all working families. <br />  </p> <p><em>OSHA's new Emergency Temporary Standard on vaccination aims to help decrease worker hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, and keep our economy open. More information, including FAQs and factsheets, can be found here: <a dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/FUrMJowlrE?amp=1" rel="noopener noreferrer" role="link" target="_blank">http://osha.gov/vaxETS</a></em><br /><br /><em>Marty Walsh is the secretary of labor. Follow him on <a href="https://www.twitter.com/SecMartyWalsh">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/SecMartyWalsh">Instagram</a> at @SecMartyWalsh. </em></p> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/Misra.Aishwarya%40dol.gov" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Misra.Aishwarya@dol.gov">Misra.Aishwary…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden"><time datetime="2021-11-05T11:51:29-04:00" title="Friday, November 5, 2021 - 11:51" class="datetime">Fri, 11/05/2021 - 11:51</time> </span> <a href="/taxonomy/term/4078" hreflang="en">Secretary Marty Walsh</a> <div class="blog-tags"> <span>Tags:</span> <ul> <li><a href="/tag/bureau-of-economic-analysis" hreflang="en">Bureau of Economic Analysis</a></li> <li><a href="/tag/economic-recovery" hreflang="en">economic recovery</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4112" hreflang="en">COVID vaccine</a></li> <li><a href="/tag/unemployment-rate" hreflang="en">unemployment rate</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 05 Nov 2021 15:51:29 +0000 Misra.Aishwarya@dol.gov 3979 at http://blog.dol.gov http://blog.dol.gov/2021/11/05/october-jobs-report-a-historic-pace#comments Expanding Protections Against COVID-19 Improves Worker Safety http://blog.dol.gov/2021/11/04/expanding-protections-against-covid-19-improves-worker-safety <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Expanding Protections Against COVID-19 Improves Worker Safety</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><center><img src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ets-800x400.png" data-entity-uuid="7a87efb4-bc33-4a12-8304-b0c665e0939e" data-entity-type="file" alt="OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing. New requirements will keep workers safe and fight the coronavirus. osha.gov/vaxETS" class="align-center" width="800" height="400" loading="lazy" /></center><p paraeid="{c1d504ec-7a66-4ef5-89e1-3d4a63f321be}{241}" paraid="910212550"> </p><p paraeid="{c1d504ec-7a66-4ef5-89e1-3d4a63f321be}{241}" paraid="910212550">At the U.S. Department of Labor, we believe most workplace injuries and illnesses are entirely preventable. And employers have a legal responsibility to do what they can do to prevent workplace hazards from taking the lives of those just showing up to do their jobs. This includes taking measures to protect workers from COVID-19, which has killed nearly 745,000 people in the U.S. in under two years, and sickened millions more – sometimes with long-term health consequences. </p><p paraeid="{c52f5c1c-182f-4482-8053-87d45a25921f}{115}" paraid="1824330967">That’s why OSHA announced that covered employers with 100 or more employees – firm or company-wide – must develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose either to get vaccinated or to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. Employers must also provide paid time for employees to get the vaccine and ensure workers have paid leave to recover from any side effects that keep them from working. </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{23}" paraid="347445346">The single best way to protect an unvaccinated worker from the serious health consequences of a COVID-19 infection on the job is for that worker to be fully vaccinated. And the more workers who get vaccinated, the safer our workplaces will be. </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{77}" paraid="363046731">We’ve already seen how employer vaccination requirements by state governments, large businesses, healthcare organizations, universities and more are working to bring case numbers down, help more people get back to work and stay healthy, and strengthen our economy. </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{99}" paraid="1112910556">The new requirements announced by OSHA will help build on that progress, and <a href="https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA4161.pdf">we’re providing clear guidance to employers</a> so they can successfully implement the new standard. <a href="https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA4159.pdf">Workers with questions can learn more about their rights in this fact sheet</a>. </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{123}" paraid="1804107713">A safe workplace isn’t a privilege, it’s every worker’s right. No one should ever be injured or contract a serious illness on the job. That’s my belief, and it’s the mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which works to ensure every worker returns home safe at the end of the day.  </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{157}" paraid="1855583242">You can learn more about the Emergency Temporary Standard at <a href="https://www.osha.gov/vaxETS">osha.gov/vaxETS</a>, and find a vaccine site near you at <a href="http://www.vaccines.gov/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">www.vaccines.gov</a>.  </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{173}" paraid="590616384"> </p><p paraeid="{32b78c6e-668f-4765-bf3a-0af4d7baaa62}{173}" paraid="590616384"><em>Jim Frederick is the deputy assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Follow OSHA on Twitter at @OSHA_DOL. </em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/lmcginnis" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="McGinnis.Laura.K@dol.gov">McGinnis.Laura…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden"><time datetime="2021-11-04T21:00:00-04:00" title="Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 21:00" class="datetime">Thu, 11/04/2021 - 21:00</time> </span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/ets-480x360.png" width="480" height="360" alt="OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing. New requirements will keep workers safe and fight the coronavirus. osha.gov/vaxETS" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/4080" hreflang="en">Jim Frederick</a> <div class="blog-tags"> <span>Tags:</span> <ul> <li><a href="/tag/occupational-safety-and-health-administration-osha" hreflang="en">Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/3996" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4112" hreflang="en">COVID vaccine</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4183" hreflang="en">worker safety</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4131" hreflang="en">Emergency Temporary Standard</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 05 Nov 2021 01:00:00 +0000 McGinnis.Laura.K@dol.gov 3977 at http://blog.dol.gov 5 Things Miners Should Know About the COVID Vaccine http://blog.dol.gov/2021/05/26/5-things-miners-should-know-about-the-covid-vaccine <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5 Things Miners Should Know About the COVID Vaccine</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><img src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/covidsticker_800.png" data-entity-uuid="26ddba30-56ed-4833-8ea9-8c5c1750cebc" data-entity-type="file" alt="Graphic of a miner's hardhat with the text, &quot;Get the shot. It's a miner issue.&quot;" class="align-center" width="800" height="400" loading="lazy" /><p style="margin-bottom:11px;">Getting the COVID-19 vaccine was an easy choice for me. I thought about two important factors: my family and what I could do to move toward getting our lives back to normal. I have 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. With this deadly disease, I wanted to take every precaution I could to help me live to see them grow up. I also wanted to do what I could to help our families get our lives back to normal. I would encourage everyone to think about what’s important to you and your family. This vaccine is a start to our recovery, a choice I was glad to make.</p><p>Here are five reasons I’d encourage other folks in the mining industry to get the vaccine. </p><h4>1. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.  </h4><p>All vaccines available in the United States are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Millions of Americans have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.</p><h4>2. Vaccines can help keep you on the job. </h4><p>Getting the COVID-19 vaccine means you’re less likely to get the virus – and if you do, you’re less likely to get seriously ill. </p><h4>3. You want to protect your family. </h4><p>Vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19 to others, so getting the vaccine helps protect your family, your coworkers and your community from the virus.  </p><h4>4. Vaccines are free. </h4><p>If you live in the United States, you don’t have to pay. You don’t even need insurance.</p><h4>5. You’re ready to get back to normal. </h4><p>2020 was a challenging year in so many ways, but getting the vaccine gets us one step closer to normal, and returning to all the things we miss.  </p><p>Want to learn more? Talk to your doctor about the benefits of the vaccine, or check out <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/vaccines" target="_blank">www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/vaccines</a>. Visit <a href="http://www.vaccines.gov/search/" target="_blank">www.vaccines.gov/search/</a> to find a vaccine location near you. You can also get COVID-19 guidance for miners at <a href="http://www.dol.gov/msha/coronavirus" target="_blank">www.dol.gov/msha/coronavirus</a>.   </p><p><em>Sam Pierce is the acting administrator for mine safety and health enforcement for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. Follow MSHA on Twitter at </em><a href="https://www.twitter.com/MSHA_DOL"><em>@MSHA_DOL</em></a><em>.  </em></p><p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/tkoebel" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Koebel.Tiffany.L@dol.gov">Koebel.Tiffany…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden"><time datetime="2021-05-26T15:35:39-04:00" title="Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 15:35" class="datetime">Wed, 05/26/2021 - 15:35</time> </span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/covidsticker_480%C3%97360.png" width="480" height="360" alt="Graphic of a miner&#039;s hardhat with the text, &quot;Get the shot. It&#039;s a miner issue.&quot;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/4111" hreflang="en">Sam Pierce</a> <div class="blog-tags"> <span>Tags:</span> <ul> <li><a href="/tag/mine-safety-health-administration-msha" hreflang="en">Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/3996" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4113" hreflang="en">vaccine</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4112" hreflang="en">COVID vaccine</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/4114" hreflang="en">vaccine safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 26 May 2021 19:35:39 +0000 Koebel.Tiffany.L@dol.gov 3838 at http://blog.dol.gov