March 21, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $2.8M in funding to provide employment, training services to combat Ohio’s opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – With opioid-related overdoses linked to 3,237 deaths in Ohio in 2018, and the state’s neonatal units reporting higher rates of newborns suffering opioid withdrawal, opioid abuse remains a serious health emergency.

March 17, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claimswas 214,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 227,000 to 229,000. The 4-week moving average was 223,000, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 231,250 to 231,750.

March 14, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $800K award to provide humanitarian assistance workers in Northern Mariana Islands

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a supplemental award of $800,000 in funds to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Department of Labor – Workforce Investment Agency Division to support continued pandemic-related, disaster-relief employment.

March 14, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $855K to Kansas to continue to provide employment, training services in response to aviation industry layoffs

WASHINGTON – Known as the “Air Capital of the World,” the Wichita, Kansas, area is home to some of the world’s largest aerospace manufacturers, so there was a significant ripple effect in the region after the grounding of the Boeing 737 in 2020. Two years later, industry layoffs continue to affect more than 9,000 workers, prompting the U.S. Department of Labor to provide funding to help workers in six counties prepare for new employment opportunities.

March 14, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $1.3M in funding to provide employment, training services for workers displaced by QVC workplace fire

WASHINGTON – Just months after one of the largest structure fires in North Carolina’s history, at QVC Rocky Mount Inc.’s Distribution Center in December 2021, thousands of workers found themselves facing unemployment. In February 2022, 1,953 fell victim as layoffs began, prompting the U.S. Department of Labor to respond to help affected workers in 10 counties find new employment opportunities.  

March 10, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 227,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 215,000 to 216,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,250, an increase of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 230,500 to 230,750.

March 9, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $10M in available funding to expand workforce development services for out-of-school time organizations

WASHINGTON – As they develop the habits, skills and other traits needed for future success, young people from age 14 to 21 have a limited window of opportunity. That’s why, when school is not in session, out-of-school time organizations provide supervised programs for young people and expose them to career options that prepare them better to enter and succeed in the workforce.

March 8, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $85M in available funding to support underserved youth, young adults in communities stricken with violence, poverty

WASHINGTON While the causes are many and the remedies sometimes complex, the reality for young people from ages 10 to 24 in the nation’s underserved communities is sadly simple: violence and poverty is stopping many from realizing their potential and blocking access to equity in education and employment.   

March 7, 2022

US Department of Labor announces availability of $55M in grants to provide pre-release training, employment services to incarcerated people

WASHINGTON – Each year, state prisons release approximately 573,000 people who need the resources and support to re-enter and find stable employment in their communities successfully.

March 4, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $3.2M in Susan Harwood grants for workplace safety, health training on infectious diseases, including COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced the availability of $3.2 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Susan Harwood Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, Including COVID-19 grants.

March 3, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 232,000 to 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 230,500, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 236,250 to 236,500.

March 2, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $45M grant funding availability to help close equity gaps, expand access to training needed for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – The pandemic worsened disparities in economic outcomes across racial, ethnic and gender lines. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a $45 million funding availability to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to access career and technical education programs that can help connect them with good-paying jobs.

March 1, 2022

US Department of Labor announces initial award of more than $20M in grants to promote equitable access to unemployment insurance systems

WASHINGTON – Throughout the pandemic, disparities in access to benefits affected women, communities of color and other marginalized workers at a higher rate and often delayed delivery of much needed financial support and services. These disparities in access to unemployment insurance exposed serious real-world shortcomings in the outdated systems used to deliver state and territories unemployment insurance benefits.

February 24, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 232,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 248,000 to 249,000. The 4-week moving average was 236,250, a decrease of 7,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 243,250 to 243,500.

February 23, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks nominations for member of Workforce Information Advisory Council

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor invites interested parties to submit nominations for individuals to serve on the federal Workforce Information Advisory Council and announces the procedures for those nominations.

February 23, 2022

US Department of Labor announces Tennessee Valley Authority training program, partnership at Memphis’ Hooks Job Corps Center

MEMPHIS, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a partnership between the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center and the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide technical expertise and training to students and establish a pipeline of trained and skilled workers for the electric utility corporation’s service area.