June 20, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su continues Good Jobs Summer Tour; visits Arizona, Alabama Florida

WASHINGTON – To highlight the investments and priorities of the most pro-worker, pro-union administration in history, Acting Secretary Su is traveling the country this summer to engage with workers and employers on the department’s commitment to improving job quality and fighting for workers. By investing federal resources that create pathways to good jobs for all communities, the Biden-Harris administration is making good on its promise to grow the economy from the middle out and the bottom up. 

June 7, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on May jobs report

WASHINGTON – The Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the May 2024 Employment Situation report:  

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 272,000 jobs in May, and the jobless rate was little changed at 4.0 percent. The rate of unemployment has been at or below 4 percent for the past 30 months, the longest stretch since 1970. These strong labor market indicators continue to point to strong, stable growth in the U.S. economy. 

June 6, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su discusses record low Black unemployment, other workplace matters during interview with TheGrio’s April Ryan

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary Julie Su appeared on TheGrio’s “The Hill with April Ryan” recently discussed how the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts helped produce record low employment among Black Americans as reflected in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ April 2024 Employment Situation Report.  

May 30, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su reflects on Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month’s importance

WASHINGTON – Throughout the month of May, the nation celebrated the contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Acting Secretary Su observed the month by sharing her perspective as well as highlighting the work of the Department of Labor. 

May 23, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary Su on first contract between United Steelworkers, Blue Bird Corp.

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su today released the following statement on news of a final contract agreement between the United Steelworkers and Blue Bird Corp, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of low- and zero-emission school buses.

May 16, 2024

Biden-Harris administration announces groundbreaking AI principles for worker well-being

WASHINGTON — The Department of Labor today announced the release of a far-reaching set of principles that provide employers and developers that create and deploy artificial intelligence with guidance for designing and implementing these emerging technologies in ways that enhance job quality and protect workers’ rights.

May 3, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on April jobs report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the April 2024 Employment Situation report: 

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 175,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. This continues the longest stretch of such low unemployment in more than a half century.  

April 25, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary Su on announcement of construction of new semiconductor fabrication sites in New York, Idaho

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary Julie Su today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Biden-Harris administration’s CHIPS and Science Act and its Investing in America agenda have resulted in Micron Technology Inc. announcing the construction of three new fabrication facilities, which are expected to create more than 70,000 jobs:

April 24, 2024

Department of Labor highlights more than 1,000 planned clean energy projects with potential for good-paying jobs on new interactive map

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor today announced the launch of an interactive map to help workers, unions and the public learn more about the tens of thousands of jobs being created nationwide by more than 1,000 planned clean energy projects, in line with the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to creating good jobs while tackling the climate crisis.

April 19, 2024

Statement from Acting Secretary Julie Su on the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee

WASHINGTON – In a statement today, Acting Secretary Julie Su joined President Joe Biden in congratulating Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee who voted to unionize on April 19, 2024:

April 16, 2024

Remarks by Acting Secretary Su announcing final rule to reduce miners’ exposure to silica dust, improve health of nation’s miners

UNIONTOWN, PA – Acting Secretary Julie Su today made the following remarks during an announcement of the department’s issuance of a final rule by its Mine Safety and Health Administration to reduce miners’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust:

(As prepared for delivery)

“Thank you so much Dave, for that introduction and for sharing your story today. It’s great to be in Uniontown and I want to thank the United Mine Workers District 2 for hosting us. 

April 5, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on March jobs report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the March 2024 Employment Situation report: 

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 303,000 jobs in March, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.8 percent. This report once again demonstrates steady growth and a strong labor market with a three-month average of 276,000 in job gains. The jobless rate has been below 4 percent for the 26th month in a row — the longest stretch in more than 50 years. 

April 5, 2024

Biden-Harris administration makes initial award of $3.5 million to Maryland to support temporary clean-up, recovery jobs following Key Bridge tragedy

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris administration today announced an initial award of $3.5 million in emergency dislocated worker grant funding to the state of Maryland to support cleanup and recovery activities after a container ship struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s support pylons on March 26, 2024, causing the bridge to collapse.

Workers whose jobs were impacted, due to no fault of their own, will have access to new training and may have their wages subsidized if they are engaged in post-disaster employment activities. 

April 2, 2024

US Department of Labor to award up to $67.1M to help youth, young adults with disabilities overcome obstacles to employment

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $10.5 million to fund the first year of four, five-year cooperative agreements aimed at developing strategies to assist youth and young adults with disabilities — particularly in underserved communities — in successfully transitioning into the workforce.

The awards have been granted to the Connecticut Department of Labor, Kansas Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the New York Department of Labor.

March 19, 2024

Statement from Acting Secretary Julie Su on the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee

WASHINGTON – In a statement today, Acting Secretary Julie Su joined President Joe Biden in congratulating Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who filed for a union election on March 18, 2024: 

March 12, 2024

READOUT: US Department of Labor, Dominican Republic renew partnership to protect workplace rights for its citizens employed in the US

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and Dominican Republic government representatives today renewed a partnership to strengthen collaboration with the Caribbean nation’s U.S. embassy and consulates to provide its citizens with useful information about U.S. laws protecting their workplace safety and health, wages and work hours and other employment matters. 

March 12, 2024

US Department of Labor releases research on continued economic effects of job segregation, pay disparities on Black, Hispanic women

WASHINGTON – New research released today by the U.S. Department of Labor reveals that Black women lost $42.7 billion in wages compared to white men in 2023, and Hispanic women lost $53.3 billion in wages. These losses are driven entirely by the fact that Black and Hispanic women are concentrated disproportionately in jobs that, on average, pay lower wages than those held by white men.

March 11, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary Su on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2025. Following historic progress made since the President took office — with nearly 15 million jobs created and inflation down two-thirds — the budget protects and builds on this progress by lowering costs for working families, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, investing in America and the American people, and reducing the deficit by cracking down on fraud, cutting wasteful spending, and making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share.

March 8, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on February jobs report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the February 2024 Employment Situation report: 

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 275,000 jobs in February. Our economy has added 14.9 million jobs since President Biden took office. The unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February, continuing a trend of two straight years of a jobless rate below 4 percent. 

February 28, 2024

ICYMI: Acting Secretary Su visits diverse communities, spotlights Biden-Harris administration investments in good jobs, support for unions

WASHINGTON – As part of the most pro-worker, pro-union administration in history, Acting Secretary Su is traveling the country to engage with workers, visiting Oregon and Mississippi over the past two weeks. During the visits, she spoke with a diverse group of workers and community leaders about the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for all workers and building an economy from the middle out and the bottom up.