Private sector jobs increased by 344,000 in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Notable job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing (+145,000), professional and business services (+60,000), and healthcare (+46,000).
Two new opinion letters provide compliance assistance regarding the regular rate of pay of workers paid on a piece-rate basis and whether insect farming qualifies as agriculture under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Nearly $3 million in grants to combat the employment effects of the opioid crisis were awarded this week. Minnesota received $2.1 million to train displaced workers and provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services, and Florida received $833,333 to provide disaster-relief jobs.