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ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

 Reopening America’s Economy:

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Kicks Off Fox News Sunday – Secretary Scalia today discussed June’s historic jobs numbers during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.
  • Statement by Secretary Scalia on the June Jobs Report – Secretary Scalia applauded the 4.8 million new jobs added to the American economy in June. He said, “[June’s] jobs report shows that our resilient economy continues to return more people to work, more quickly, than forecast. It is heartening to see employment gains across nearly all demographics. The report reflects that we can return millions more Americans to work in the weeks ahead, provided we bear in mind that economic recovery must go hand-in-hand with safe practices and self-discipline.”
  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $6 Million in Dislocated Workers Grants in Response to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of three Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) totaling $6,268,512 to help address the workforce-related impacts of the coronavirus. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided $345 million for DWGs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. This latest award follows six previous waves of funding, bringing the total amount awarded to states and territories to $245,249,950.

Keeping America’s Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

 Defending Workers’ Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned:


During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor is focused on protecting the safety and health of American workers, assisting our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.


Office of the Secretary
July 5, 2020
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Media Contact: Department of Labor National Contact Center
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