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2010 In Focus Archive: January 25-26, 2010

Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski hosted a meeting for representatives of the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers on January 25-26, 2009 in preparation for the Ministers’ meeting to be hosted by Secretary Solis later this year.

Secretary Hilda Solis and the Department of Labor will be hosting a meeting of the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers in April in Washington, D.C. It will be the first time in history that Labor Ministers from the world’s 20 largest economies have met as the G20—until now, meetings of that group have been at the Leaders level (heads of state) or at the Treasury and Finance Ministers level. The G20 Labor and Employment Ministers will discuss the impact of the recent economic crisis on employment in their countries. They will share results and insights from the wide variety of policies the countries have undertaken to preserve and create jobs, protect and assist the unemployed, and adapt to changes in labor markets. Secretary Solis is holding the meeting at the request of President Obama and the other G20 Leaders. At their summit in Pittsburgh in 2009, the Leaders called on their Labor and Employment Ministers to meet, consult with labor and business, and provide policy recommendations that will put “quality jobs at the heart of the economic recovery."