October 3, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $80M funding opportunity to help train, expand, diversify nursing workforce; address shortage of nurses

WASHINGTON – The unprecedented demands that the pandemic placed on the nation’s nurses – combined with retirements and an aging workforce – have greatly increased the need for nursing workers in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 275,000 additional nurses are needed from 2020 to 2030, and that employment opportunities for nurses will grow at 9 percent, faster than all other occupations from 2016 through 2026.

September 29, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 193,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 4,000 from 213,000 to 209,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,000, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,000 from 216,750 to 215,750.

September 26, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $4.5M in funding to support continued clean-up, recovery efforts after western Oregon’s 2020 wildfires

WASHINGTON – More than two years after wildfires swept across parts of western Oregon during one of the state’s most destructive wildfire seasons, the U.S. Department of Labor continues to support the area’s recovery with an incremental award of $4.5 million to provide disaster-relief jobs, employment, training and supportive services in 20 western counties.

September 26, 2022

US Department of Labor awards nearly $199M in Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy, Training Disaster Recovery grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $199 million in dislocated worker grants to support projects that enable unemployed and underemployed people to enter, return to, or advance in high-quality jobs in infrastructure, environment and climate, the care economy and other critical and growing sectors. These grants prioritize individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted by the pandemic and individuals from historically marginalized and underserved populations.

September 23, 2022

US Department of Labor to refocus on proven Registered Apprenticeship model, rescind industry-recognized apprenticeship program

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to rescind the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program, and will direct the department’s resources toward Registered Apprenticeships to expand access to good-paying jobs and create reliable pathways to the middle class.

September 22, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 213,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 5,000 from 213,000 to 208,000. The 4-week moving average was 216,750, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,250 from 224,000 to 222,750.

September 15, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 213,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 4,000 from 222,000 to 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 224,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,000 from 233,000 to 232,000.

September 8, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Marty Walsh, mental health advocates meet to discuss access to health services, treatment, supportive workplaces

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh met with leading mental health advocacy groups, health care professional associations and other stakeholders today in Washington to discuss workers’ access to mental health services, treatment and supportive workplaces.

September 8, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 4,000 from 232,000 to 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 233,000, a decrease of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,000 from 241,500 to 240,500.

September 7, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $45M to help 13 colleges in 12 states expand access to training for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – To provide people too often marginalized and underrepresented in the U.S. with a route to good-paying jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $45 million in grant funding to 13 colleges in 12 states to help expand career and technical education programs.

September 6, 2022

US Department of Labor awards nearly $20M in funding to support training, services, wage subsidies for workers hurt by foreign trade

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $19,796,000 in funding to provide training and employment services in 45 states and Puerto Rico to eligible workers affected adversely by foreign trade.

September 1, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 232,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 6,000 from 243,000 to 237,000. The 4-week moving average was 241,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,500 from 247,000 to 245,500.

August 25, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 243,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 5,000 from 250,000 to 245,000. The 4-week moving average was 247,000, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,250 from 246,750 to 245,500.

August 24, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $50M in additional grants to fund Registered Apprenticeship hubs to expand apprenticeships

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $50 million in Apprenticeship Building America grant funding for Registered Apprenticeship hubs – organizations that help employers design, develop and deliver programs – and support the establishment, scaling and expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs in new and fast-growing industries and occupations.