OSEC News Releases

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.

July 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces an Initial Training and Employment Notice to Expand High-Quality Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC – As the Trump Administration works to equip Americans with necessary skills for family-sustaining jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the next step in the effort to expand the successful apprenticeship model to new industries and to industry sectors with few apprenticeships. Today's action creates the framework for the creation of high-quality industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.

July 24, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $22 Million in Grants To Aid in Opioid Epidemic Recovery in Six States

 

WASHINGTON, DC – As the Trump Administration mobilizes to address opioid abuse, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced more than $22 million in National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant funding to six state grantees. The grants will be used to provide reemployment services for individuals impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

July 20, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Highlights President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers at Boeing in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta toured the Boeing Company's North Charleston facility today as he highlighted President Trump's Pledge to America's Workers – a White House initiative that calls on job creators to invest in the workforce by providing opportunities for education and training that will help more Americans thrive in the modern workplace.

July 19, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Statement Regarding the President’s Executive Order Supporting the American Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order establishing the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board:

July 6, 2018

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

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

June 19, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Helps Millions of Americans Employed By Small Businesses Gain Access to Quality, Affordable Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is helping millions of working Americans gain access to quality, affordable health insurance for themselves and their families.

Many small businesses and their employees have struggled with government restrictions that limit access to quality, affordable health coverage. This Association Health Plan (AHP) reform will address many of the inequities between small and large businesses in access to that coverage.

June 5, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Data Shows That American Job Openings Exceed Job Seekers for First Time on Record

WASHINGTON, DC – For the first time on record, the number of American job openings exceeds the number of job seekers – providing the latest indicator of continued job growth and economic strength under President Donald J. Trump.

June 1, 2018

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

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

“With the unemployment rate falling to 3.8% in May, the lowest in over 18 years, America’s job market remains strong. The unemployment rates for African-Americans and Asian-Americans reached record lows. Adult women and adult men recorded the lowest unemployment rates since 2000, at 3.3% and 3.5% respectively.

May 29, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta and U.S. Senator Collins Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Education in Maine

WASHINGTON, DC – During tours today in Maine of the Penobscot Job Corps Center and the Cianbro Institute, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) highlighted the importance of ensuring all Americans have the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. With Maine’s unemployment rate holding at a record low for two straight months, Secretary Acosta and Senator Collins focused on the importance of ensuring that workforce education programs meet the needs of job creators and job seekers.

May 28, 2018

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 keep a promise to forever honor the courage, bravery, and patriotism of America’s fallen heroes. Through solemn observances and in quiet moments, we honor the proud men and women of America’s armed services who gave their lives to defend our nation. We are forever grateful for their selfless sacrifice. Because of their heroic service, we are able to live in freedom.”

May 24, 2018

H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa Modernization Joint Cabinet Statement

WASHINGTON, DC – When President Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in January of this year, he reminded the audience that his commitment to our farmers has been clear since the day his Administration began:  “From that day on, we have been working every day to deliver for America’s farmers just as they work every single day to deliver for us.” 

May 10, 2018

Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion Submits Strategy to Create More Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald J. Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion today submitted a report to the President providing a strategy to create more apprenticeships in the United States through an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship model.

Members of the Task Force – representing business, labor, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and public officials – approved the report during their fifth and final full meeting.

May 9, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Comments on President Trump’s Executive Order to Increase Job Opportunities for Military Spouses

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Order to increase job opportunities for military spouses:

May 4, 2018

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

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

April 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Invites News Organizations to Request Credentials For Press Lock-ups on Economic Data Reports

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor invites news organizations that wish to participate in press lock-ups to renew or request credentials. The new credentials will be valid beginning in August 2018.

April 12, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grants to Help Reform Licensing Requirements and Increase Portability

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to encourage occupational licensing reform, the Department today announced $7.5 million in funds to help review and streamline occupational licensing rules. Funds will be available to states, and associations of states, to review, eliminate and reform licensing requirements, and to promote portability of state licenses.

April 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Welcomes Argentina’s Minister of Labor Jorge Triaca in Lead Up to the G20 Labor Ministerial

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta welcomed Jorge Triaca, Argentina’s Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security, to the U.S. Department of Labor today to discuss bilateral cooperation and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that promotes further collaboration between Argentina and the United States on labor and employment issues. Argentina holds the presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) this year. 

April 10, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility:

April 6, 2018

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

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