OSEC News Releases

September 6, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella issued the following statement on the August 2019 Employment Situation report:

"America's economy continued to show strength in August. The 3.7% unemployment rate marks the eighteenth straight month the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%. Unemployment rates for African-Americans set a new record low at 5.5% and Hispanic-Americans matched a record low at 4.2%.

"Since January of 2017 more than 5.8 million jobs have been created including the 130,000 jobs created in August.

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions to Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

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

"The U.S. Department of Labor is actively engaged in Administration-wide efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian," said Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella. "As Americans from across the country rally to help each other, the Department of Labor is committed to supporting recovery efforts."

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

September 4, 2019

Wage and Hour Division Senior Policy Advisor Leif Olson Update

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released the following update regarding Senior Policy Advisor Leif Olson of the Wage and Hour Division.

September 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Nationwide Compliance Assistance Outreach Effort

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) announced plans for a nationwide, multi-agency compliance assistance outreach effort focused on providing job creators and workers with access to high-quality information about their obligations and rights under the law.

Through the autumn season, Department agencies will host in-person trainings, webinars and other events to promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations by workers and job creators.

September 2, 2019

Statement From Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella on Labor Day

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella released the following statement regarding Labor Day:

“Today, we mark the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day, a Federal holiday that was created out of appreciation and respect for the work done by the men and women of this country.

August 29, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella hosted an event commemorating the 125th anniversary of Labor Day on the front steps of the Frances Perkins Building. The Acting Secretary, joined by long-serving members of the Department, unveiled a banner honoring the historic anniversary that will be prominently displayed on the Frances Perkins Building. Acting Secretary Pizzella shared the Department of Labor's history and celebrated the Department of Labor's service to the American workforce.

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor Ceremony Date Announced

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Hall of Honor ceremony, which will include the inductions of former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Howard Jenkins, Jr. based on their work on the landmark Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, at the Department's Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.

August 2, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella issued the following statement on the July 2019 Employment Situation report:

“July’s Employment Situation Report demonstrates the steady and consistent growth of the American economy. The July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%, marking the seventeenth straight month in which the unemployment rate is at or below 4%.

August 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Induct Key Figures of The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act into the Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), the U.S. Department of Labor today announced that former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Howard Jenkins, Jr. will be the newest inductees to the Department's Hall of Honor in this fall.

July 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates the First Anniversary of the Pledge to America’s Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella joined President Donald J. Trump, members of the Cabinet and senior officials at a White House event today recognizing the first anniversary of the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers.

July 24, 2019

John P. Pallasch Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella today swore in John P. Pallasch as the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) during a ceremony at the Frances Perkins Building.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Staff Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the following personnel changes effective today, July 22, 2019.

July 12, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta Submits Resignation to President Trump

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the 27th Secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, submitted his resignation to President Donald J. Trump, effective Friday, July 19, 2019.

Secretary Acosta's resignation letter is attached.

July 5, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the June 2019 Employment Situation report:

“The June jobs report surpassed expectations adding 224,000 jobs to the economy, totaling 5.6 million jobs created since January 2017.  

“This report included other good news as wages increased at or above 3% year over year for 11 straight months.  Wage growth for production and non-supervisory workers increased 3.4% over the past 12 months.

June 7, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statement regarding the May 2019 Employment Situation report:

"May's job report added 75,000 jobs. We seek to continue job growth by opening more opportunities through policies like USMCA moving forward.

May 27, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Issues Statement Regarding Memorial Day

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

“On Memorial Day, Americans pause to honor and remember the courage, dedication, and patriotism of those who gave their lives to defend our nation in their service. We are eternally grateful for their ultimate sacrifice. Because of their courageous actions in battle, we are blessed with cherished freedoms that will forever be passed on from generation to generation.”

May 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Staff Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced current Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Molly Conway has been named Chief of Staff effective June 1, 2019.

May 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts 2019 DOL Tech Day

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor today was joined by the White House's Office of Science and Technology, the Chief Information Officer Council, and seven federal departments at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 DOL Tech Day, which highlights emerging technology used by the federal government.

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale Leaving Department at the End of May

WASHINGTON, DC  - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the upcoming resignation of Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale effective May 31, 2019.

"I want to thank the dedicated and professional staff of the Department of Labor for helping to do so much good work for our nation," said Geale. "I am very excited to spend time with my new family and take on the next challenges of our journey."

May 3, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statement regarding the April 2019 Employment Situation report:

“Today’s jobs report announced a 3.6% unemployment rate, the lowest unemployment rate since 1969. 

“America’s economy added 263,000 jobs in April and a net 16,000 additional upward adjustment in February and March. This brings the total to 5.4 million jobs added since January 2017.