OSEC News Releases

October 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist Georgia in Wake of Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help Georgia assess its workforce needs.

October 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions to Assist Americans Impacted by Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Michael.

"The Department of Labor is actively engaged in Administration-wide efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "As Americans come together to help each other, the Department of Labor is committed to supporting recovery efforts."

U.S. Department of Labor actions taken regarding Hurricane Michael include the following:

October 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist Florida in Wake of Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help Florida assess its workforce needs.

October 5, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the September Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statement regarding the September 2018 Employment Situation report:

"In September, the unemployment rate fell to 3.7%, the lowest since 1969. 

October 3, 2018

Compliance Assistance for Association Health Plans Now Available at Employer.gov

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has added compliance assistance materials on Association Health Plans (AHPs) to its new Employer.gov website that will help job creators and plan sponsors understand their Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) obligations when setting up and managing AHPs.

October 1, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Regarding United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released the following statement today regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Allow Younger Americans to Safely Develop Skills for Careers in Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC – With over 1.1 million jobs currently open in healthcare and social assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal to allow younger Americans to safely develop critical skills for fast-growing jobs in healthcare – which are expected to add 2.4 million jobs, more than any other occupation, through 2026.

September 20, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Delivers Keynote Remarks at ApprenticeshipTexas Conference in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta delivered the keynote address at the Texas Workforce Commission's 2nd Annual ApprenticeshipTexas Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Secretary Acosta spoke on the Trump Administration's efforts to expand apprenticeships across all industries.

"I want to thank Commissioner Alvarez and the Texas Workforce Commission for the great work that is being done to expand apprenticeships in the Lone Star State," said Secretary Acosta.

September 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Assistance For Hurricane Florence Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Florence.

"The Department of Labor is actively engaged in Administration-wide efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence's devastation," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "As Americans come together to help each other recover from this hurricane, the Department of Labor is committed to supporting the American worker."

September 17, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary Of Labor Acosta On National Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released the following statement today regarding the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month:

"National Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all Americans to celebrate Hispanic-Americans' vibrant and rich traditions that are passed on from one generation to the next. This year's theme, Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Tradition, invites us to reflect on Hispanic-Americans' shared multicultural heritage and impact.

September 14, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist Georgia in Wake of Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help Georgia assess its workforce needs.

September 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist South Carolina in Wake of Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help South Carolina assess its workforce needs.

September 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist North Carolina in Wake of Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help North Carolina assess its workforce needs.

September 7, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the August Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the August 2018 Employment Situation Report:

"The August jobs report shows continued, strong job growth with 201,000 jobs created and an unemployment rate holding at 3.9%.  More than 4 million jobs have been created since November 2016.  Since 1970, the unemployment rate has registered below 4% just nine times; four of those months have been recorded during 2018.

"It is remarkable to see steady positive news regarding job growth month after month."

September 3, 2018

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on Labor Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released the following statement regarding Labor Day:

“Today, on Labor Day, we celebrate the accomplishments of the American workforce, a record 156 million strong.

August 31, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on President’s Executive Order Regarding Retirement Security

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order strengthening retirement security for employees in small and mid-sized businesses:

August 29, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Headlines West Virginia Chamber's 2018 Business Summit

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta discussed President Trump's efforts to unleash economic opportunity for America's workforce and small businesses in a keynote address at the West Virginia Chamber's 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

August 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Office of Compliance Initiatives to Expand Compliance Outreach

NASHVILLE, TN – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the U.S. Department of Labor's new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) during a speech today at the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association's 2018 Safety+ National Symposium. Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, this cross-agency effort complements the Department's enforcement activities by strengthening and innovating compliance assistance outreach.

August 22, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta and U.S. Small Business Administrator McMahon Discuss President Trump’s Support for American Job Creators

CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon discussed President Trump’s strong support for America’s small business job creators during a visit today to Superior Graphite, a small business manufacturer in Chicago.

After a tour of the facility, Secretary Acosta and Administrator McMahon participated in a roundtable discussion with leaders from several small businesses.

August 3, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the July Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the July 2018 Employment Situation report:

"July's report shows 157,000 jobs added, and 59,000 additional jobs revised from the May and June reports showing continued strength. Since the President's election, 3.9 million jobs have been created.