August 31, 2021

US Department of Labor announces establishment of office to modernize, reform states’ unemployment insurance systems

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the establishment of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Modernization to provide strategic leadership as the department works with state agencies and federal partners to modernize and reform the unemployment insurance system.

August 26, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 353,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 348,000 to 349,000. The 4-week moving average was 366,500, a decrease of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 377,750 to 378,000.

August 25, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $22M in grants for training, employment services to workers displaced by pandemic’s impacts

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of the first $22 million of a total of $90 million in funding to help nine organizations provide training and employment services for job seekers in historically marginalized communities as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts.

August 24, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3.5M funding opportunity to establish hub for technical assistance tools, resources across public workforce system

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $3.5 million in grant funding to establish a centralized resource for sharing proven practices and technical assistance tools to strengthen and improve outcomes for the public workforce system.

August 19, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $90M in grants to support training, employment services for workers displaced by the pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of an increased $90 million in funding grants to provide reemployment opportunities for displaced workers, historically marginalized communities or groups and those unemployed for an extended period or who have exhausted unemployment insurance or other pandemic unemployment insurance programs.

August 19, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 375,000 to 377,000. The 4-week moving average was 377,750, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 396,250 to 396,750.

August 16, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1.8M in funding to continue employment, training services to combat Illinois’ opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $1,866,667 in incremental funding to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to support job creation and workforce training services in 13 counties affected significantly by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

August 12, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $5M funding opportunity to improve respect for workers’ rights in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to improve workers’ ability to exercise their labor rights in the agricultural supply chains in Guatemala and Honduras and the textile/apparel – or maquila – sector of El Salvador.

August 11, 2021

US Department of Labor announces funding to states to modernize unemployment insurance system, combat fraud, address equity

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a series of actions to modernize and reform a cornerstone of our economic infrastructure, the unemployment insurance system. Over the last year alone, the unemployment insurance system has helped nearly 53 million workers stay afloat during a pandemic and economic crisis and put nearly $800 billion into the economy – staving off an even deeper recession.

August 9, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1M in funding to assist West Virginia’s severe storm recovery efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding of $1,016,923 to support disaster-relief employment for eligible individuals to assist with cleanup after severe storms in February and March caused flooding and extensive waterway damage in southwestern areas of West Virginia.

August 5, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 385,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 400,000 to 399,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,000, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 394,500 to 394,250.

July 29, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 400,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 419,000 to 424,000. The 4-week moving average was 394,500, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 385,250 to 386,500.

July 28, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $1M incremental funding to continue employment, training services to combat Indiana opioid crisis

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $1,096,975 in funding to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for job creation and workforce training in 25 counties affected significantly by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

July 28, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $2M in funding to continue employment, training services to combat Maine’s opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $2,093,964 in incremental funding to the Maine Department of Labor to create jobs and provide employment services to eligible participants in nine counties significantly affected by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

July 23, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $800K in funding for reemployment services for Massachusetts workers displaced by three Essex County closures

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $800,000 of incremental funding to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support employment and training services for individuals affected by the closure of three manufacturing companies in Essex County.

July 23, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $800K grant to provide jobs, workforce training in Massachusetts communities affected by opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $800,000 in incremental funding to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support job creation and workforce training services for individuals significantly impacted by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose in Bristol and Plymouth counties.

July 22, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 419,000, an increase of 51,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 8,000 from 360,000 to 368,000. The 4-week moving average was 385,250, an increase of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,000 from 382,500 to 384,500.

July 19, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $816K incremental funding to continue employment, training services to combat Massachusetts’ opioid crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $816,675 in incremental funding to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support job creation and workforce training services in eight areas affected significantly by widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.

July 16, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3M funding opportunity to strengthen enforcement of labor standards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $3 million in grant funding to support progress on labor standards, including occupational safety and health, hours of work and wages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.