July 23, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $800K grant to provide jobs, workforce training in Massachusetts communities affected by opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $800,000 in incremental funding to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support job creation and workforce training services for individuals significantly impacted by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose in Bristol and Plymouth counties.

July 23, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $800K in funding for reemployment services for Massachusetts workers displaced by three Essex County closures

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $800,000 of incremental funding to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support employment and training services for individuals affected by the closure of three manufacturing companies in Essex County.

July 22, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 419,000, an increase of 51,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 8,000 from 360,000 to 368,000. The 4-week moving average was 385,250, an increase of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,000 from 382,500 to 384,500.

July 19, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $816K incremental funding to continue employment, training services to combat Massachusetts’ opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $816,675 in incremental funding to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support job creation and workforce training services in eight areas affected significantly by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

July 16, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3M funding opportunity to strengthen enforcement of labor standards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $3 million in grant funding to support progress on labor standards, including occupational safety and health, hours of work and wages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

July 15, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 360,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 13,000 from 373,000 to 386,000. The 4-week moving average was 382,500, a decrease of 14,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,500 from 394,500 to 397,000.

July 15, 2021

US Department of Labor announces more than $92M in funding for training, employment services, wage subsidies for workers harmed by foreign trade

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $92.6 million in funding to 47 states to provide training and employment services to eligible workers affected adversely by foreign trade.

July 8, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 373,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 7,000 from 364,000 to 371,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,500, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,000 from 392,750 to 394,750.

July 6, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $798K supplemental funding award to assist South Dakota in pandemic recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the supplemental award of $798,246 to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation to support workforce development to respond to the impacts of the pandemic on the state.

July 6, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1.9M grant to Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to provide employment, training in response to opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced incremental funding of $1,996,702 to members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in northwestern Washington to provide jobs, and employment and training services to individuals in communities impacted significantly by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

July 6, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $5M funding opportunity to combat forced labor, child labor abuses in Malaysia

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of $5 million in grant funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Malaysia’s palm oil and garment industries.

July 1, 2021

US Department of Labor awards more than $6M grant to improve, promote New York’s Short-Time Compensation program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $6,458,984 grant to the New York Department of Labor to improve its Short-Time Compensation program and promote its advantages to the state’s business community. Also known as work sharing, STC seeks to prevent layoffs by allowing an entire group of workers to receive a partial unemployment benefit payment while their employer reduces their hours.

July 1, 2021

US Department of Labor awards more than $4M grant to implement, promote Illinois’ Short-Time Compensation program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $4,187,442 grant to the Illinois Department of Employment Security to implement a Short-Time Compensation program and promote its advantages to the state’s business community. Also known as work sharing, STC seeks to prevent layoffs by allowing an entire group of workers to receive a partial unemployment benefit payment while their employer reduces their hours.

July 1, 2021

US Department of Labor awards more than $1M grant to improve, promote Connecticut’s Short-Time Compensation program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $1,187,842 grant to the Connecticut Department of Labor to improve its Short-Time Compensation program and promote its advantages to the state’s business community. Also known as work sharing, STC seeks to prevent layoffs by allowing an entire group of workers to receive a partial unemployment benefit payment while their employer reduces their hours.

July 1, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 364,000, a decrease of 51,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 411,000 to 415,000. The 4-week moving average was 392,750, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 397,750 to 398,750.

June 29, 2021

US Department of Labor announces availability of $43M in funds to support reemployment of workers displaced by the pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the funding availability of approximately $43 million in grants to help reemploy dislocated workers most affected by the economic and employment fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

June 24, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 411,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 6,000 from 412,000 to 418,000. The 4-week moving average was 397,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 395,000 to 396,250.

June 23, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $11.6M in grants to improve delivery of workforce services, measure effectiveness in five states

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of five grants totaling $11.6 million to improve the delivery of training and employment services, and measure their effectiveness in Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi and New Mexico.

June 22, 2021

US Department of Labor awards more than $130M in grants to support Registered Apprenticeship programs; increase employment opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $130 million in grants to develop, modernize and diversify Registered Apprenticeship Programs in 15 states and to establish Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence in three states and Washington, D.C., to provide technical expertise and services and accelerate the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs.

June 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces dialogue to promote employment equity for women workers

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today’s launch of a national online dialogue to gather ideas to improve labor outcomes for women, especially economically disadvantaged women. The dialogue will be open until July 9.