March 17, 2023

US Department of Labor announces $15M funding availability to help youth, young adults prepare for college, career success

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $15 million in grant funding to support programs that help youth – particularly those in rural areas, people of color and people with disabilities – to overcome obstacles to educational and workforce success with training and career guidance.   

March 17, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $20M in American Rescue Plan funding to promote equitable access to unemployment benefits in 4 states

WASHINGTON To help identify and address barriers workers face regarding access to state unemployment insurance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $20 million in equity grants to Florida, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

March 16, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 192,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 211,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 196,500, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 197,000 to 197,250.

March 15, 2023

Department of Labor lauds Job Corps’ students, contributions to wildland firefighting efforts in 2022 by US Forest Service

WASHINGTON – Amid more than 66,000 wildfires that burned nearly 7.6 million acres of land across the country in 2022, students in Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers combined to provide 204,633 total hours of support to federal firefighters – a 20 percent increase over the previous year – the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

March 14, 2023

Equal Pay Day 2023: Department of Labor initiatives seek to close gender, racial wage gap, increase equity in federal programs

WASHINGTON – For women working in the U.S., the date of Equal Pay Day isn’t a day of celebration. Rather, the day is a reminder that it takes women 15 months to earn the same amount as men earned in 12 months.

March 13, 2023

US Department of Labor selects nine communities, partners to expand, improve workforce opportunities for all young people

WASHINGTON – To expand opportunities for youth workers across the nation and improve their employment outcomes, the U.S. Department of Labor has selected the first nine communities and their associated partners in its Youth Systems Building Academy. The nine chosen “communities” held their first in-person session from March 7-9, 2023, and will collaborate online before the academy convenes again in the summer of 2023.

March 9, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 190,000. The 4-week moving average was 197,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 193,000.

March 9, 2023

Secretary Walsh unveils strategy to expand access for all young people to pathways toward high-quality careers

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh convened the “Youth Employment Works Summit” today at U.S. Department of Labor headquarters to unveil the department’s strategy for building a workforce in which all young people can prepare for opportunities for high-quality careers.

March 8, 2023

US Department of Labor awards more than $1.5M to provide employment, training services for transitioning Fort Bliss military service members

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of more than $1.5 million to support employment and training services for transitioning military service members in and around the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss installation in Texas. 

March 6, 2023

Secretary Walsh joins union, community leaders, apprentices to discuss Registered Apprenticeships, $20M agreement to expand equitable construction training

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined leaders from North America’s Building Trades Unions, the National Urban League and graduates of pre-apprenticeship programs in construction and construction-related industries to discuss how Registered Apprenticeship programs can train the future workforce to help fill jobs in critical sectors.

March 2, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 190,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 192,000. The 4-week moving average was 193,000, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 191,250. 

March 1, 2023

US Department of Labor announces $48M in funding available to support pre-release job training, services for incarcerated people

WASHINGTON – With meaningful employment secured, formerly incarcerated people can fully integrate into their communities more successfully and avoid relapse. To help remove barriers to employment the U.S. Department of Labor today announces the availability of $48 million in funding to provide training and employment services to incarcerated individuals before their release from state correctional facilities, or county or local jails.

February 27, 2023

US Department of Labor announces final rule to modify how it sets adverse effect wage rates in the H-2A program

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it will publish a final rule to amend how the Adverse Effect Wage Rates for the H-2A program are set to improve the rates’ consistency and accuracy based on the work actually performed by these workers and to better prevent H-2A workers’ employment negatively affecting the wages of U.S. workers in similar positions.

February 23, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 192,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 194,000 to 195,000. The 4-week moving average was 191,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 189,500 to 189,750.

February 17, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $50M to help 15 colleges in 14 states improve equitable access to training for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $50 million in grants to help 15 community colleges in 14 states expand access to education and training for good-paying jobs and equitably meet employers’ and workers’ skill development needs.  

February 16, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 194,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 196,000 to 195,000. The 4-week moving average was 189,500, an increase of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 189,250 to 189,000.

February 9, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 196,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 183,000. The 4-week moving average was 189,250, a decrease of 2,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 191,750.

February 8, 2023

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. anuncia acuerdo entre Mercedes-Benz USA y Job Corps para entrenar a estudiantes en carreras de auto mecánica

WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. anunció hoy un acuerdo con Mercedes-Benz USA para empezar a entrenar a estudiantes de Job Corps en centros de Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nueva Jersey y Utah y ayudar con ello a satisfacer la necesidad de técnicos automotrices en la creciente industria de vehículos eléctricos.