News Releases

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In the week ending February 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 244,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 239,000 to 238,000. The 4-week moving average was 241,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since July 21, 1973 when it was 239,500. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 245,250 to 245,000.

US Labor Department grant to help displaced Kentucky coal industry workers

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

State: Kentucky

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Award Amount Approved: $1,989,194

Initial Amount Released: $1,091,153

Funding Awarded to: Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 175

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In the week ending February 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 234,000. The 4-week moving average was 245,250, an increase of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 244,250 to 244,750.

MSHA to award up to $1M in grants for mine safety education, training

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today the availability of up to $1 million in grants for education and training programs to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In the week ending February 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,250, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 248,000. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000.

Additional $2M awarded to provide reemployment services to transitioning services members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

State: Washington

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant supplemental

Supplemental Amount Approved: $2,000,000

Total Funds Awarded: $10,086,385

Funding Awarded to: Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 2,100

US Department of Labor to Evaluate Fiduciary Rule

Friday, February 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Ed Hugler today issued a statement following the release of President Trump’s memorandum on the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule:

“The Department of Labor will now consider its legal options to delay the applicability date as we comply with the President’s memorandum.”

 

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In the week ending January 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 246,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 259,000 to 260,000. The 4-week moving average was 248,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 245,500 to 245,750.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Thursday, January 26, 2017

In the week ending January 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 259,000, an increase of 22,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 234,000 to 237,000. The 4-week moving average was 245,500, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 246,750 to 247,500.

US Labor Department awards grant to help displaced Wyoming coal workers

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

State: Wyoming

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Award Amount Approved: $2,000,000

Initial Amount Released: $1,080,465

Funding Awarded to: Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 140

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In the week ending January 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 247,000 to 249,000. The 4-week moving average was 246,750, a decrease of 10,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 256,500 to 257,000.

US Labor Department, Amazon to establish registered apprenticeship program to train veterans for technical careers

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has signed an agreement with Amazon to establish a registered apprenticeship program to train veterans for in-demand technical careers at the online technology giant.

US Labor Department sues JPMorgan Chase & Co. for discriminatory pay practices against female employees

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., alleging that the financial institution systematically discriminated against female employees in certain professional positions by compensating them less than their male counterparts. The suit maintains that JPMorgan’s compensation policies and practices violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment on the basis of sex.

US Department of Labor sues Oracle America Inc. for discriminatory employment practices

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle America, Inc. alleging the leading technology company has a systemic practice of paying Caucasian male workers more than their counterparts in the same job title, which led to pay discrimination against female, African American and Asian employees.

OSHA cites Ohio railroad parts manufacturer after follow-up inspection finds workers remain exposed to machine, fall hazards

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

COSHOCTON, Ohio – A follow-up inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found a casting and foundry facility operator continues to expose workers to machine and fall hazards at its Coshocton plant.

On Jan. 17, 2017, the agency issued SanCasT Inc. three repeated, and four serious safety violations carrying proposed penalties of $235,879. The agency cited the company for similar violations in both 2013 and 2014.

Mine Safety and Health Administration announces results of special impact inspections in December 2016

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Who: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration

What: The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced federal inspectors issued 132 citations and two orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and five metal and nonmetal mines in December 2016.

Where: MSHA conducted special impact inspections at mines in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

US Labor Department awards up to $5.8M to assist with clean-up, recovery efforts in Tennessee after wildfires in late 2016

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

State: Tennessee

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Award Amount Approved: $5,824,000

Initial Amount Released: $2,000,000

Funding Awarded to: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 200

US Labor Department awards funding to support recovery efforts after October 2016’s severe storms, flooding in central Pennsylvania

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

State: Pennsylvania

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Award Amount Approved/Released: $238,049

Funding Awarded to: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 39

OSHA orders Amtrak to reinstate, pay $892K to employee discharged in violation of Federal Railroad Safety Act

Please note:  As of January 20, 2017, information in some news releases may be out of date or not reflect current policies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BOSTON – The National Railroad Passenger Corp., better known as Amtrak, retaliated against a supervisory special agent in its inspector general’s office when he raised concerns about railroad safety, fraud and abuse involving an Amtrak contractor and when he supported a fellow agent’s safety concerns during an internal investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found.

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