The economy added 266,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1%. Labor force participation was at its highest point since August 2020, and hesitancy about returning to work due to the coronavirus was at its lowest point since the pandemic began.
Secretary Walsh and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined federal, state and local officials at the General Dynamics Electric Boat site in Connecticut and participated in a virtual roundtable, discussing apprenticeships, jobs training programs and the American Jobs Plan.
Our Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship will focus on expanding apprenticeships in fast-growing industries like clean energy, technology and health care to create more high-quality training and employment opportunities.
With Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Rep. Steve Cohen, Secretary Walsh toured a Tennessee Job Corps Center and discussed how the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan will build a more inclusive economy and support families.