February 29, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 201,000 to 202,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,500, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 215,250 to 215,500.

February 23, 2024

US, Japan launch workforce development exchange to recruit and retain talent in high-tech manufacturing sector

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Brent Parton is visiting Japan Feb. 20-24 to facilitate technical exchanges on workforce strategies for advanced manufacturing and the semiconductor sub-sector in the two nations. 

February 22, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 201,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 212,000 to 213,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 218,500 to 218,750

February 21, 2024

Biden-Harris Administration announces nearly $200M available in grants to expand Registered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of nearly $200 million in grants to continue to support public-private partnerships that expand, diversify and strengthen Registered Apprenticeship. The funding opportunity includes $95 million of competitive grants through the second round of the Apprenticeship Building America Grant Program and $100 million in the second round of State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula Grants.

February 20, 2024

US Department of Labor announces $20M in available funding to deliver information technology skills, training, job services to young people

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $20 million in funding to provide information technology training and related employment services to Job Corps students. 

February 15, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 212,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 218,000 to 220,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,500, an increase of 5,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,250 to 212,750. 

February 8, 2024

US Department of Labor announces $52M in Pathway Home grants to provide pre-release job training, services for incarcerated individuals

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $52 million in grant funding for organizations that provide reentry services to incarcerated individuals before release from state correctional facilities or county or local jails. By eliminating gaps between release from prison or jail and enrollment in a workforce develop program, the funding will help enhance reintegration efforts and reduce recidivism. 

February 8, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 224,000 to 227,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, an increase of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 207,750 to 208,500.

February 7, 2024

US Department of Labor announces $85M in available funding to improve job opportunities for youth in communities affected by violence, poverty

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an $85 million funding opportunity to support programs that provide skills training through work-based learning, employment services, educational support and mentorship to youth and young adults in communities affected by violence, crime and poverty. 

February 1, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 224,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 214,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,750, an increase of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 202,250 to 202,500.

January 30, 2024

US Department of Labor awards $768K to support disaster-relief jobs, training in Massachusetts, continue supporting commonwealth’s opioid crisis response

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $768,337 to support continued efforts to provide disaster-relief jobs and employment and training services for people in Massachusetts communities, helping to address the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose. 

January 30, 2024

US Department of Labor awards $800K to Mississippi for continued support of temporary employment, assistance after severe storms, tornadoes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the incremental award of $800,000 to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to support continued disaster-relief employment for residents of Mississippi as the state continues to recover from the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that killed 21 people and ravaged towns in March 2023. 

January 25, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 187,000 to 189,000. The 4-week moving average was 202,250, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 203,250 to 203,750.

January 22, 2024

US Department of Labor announces new communities in initiative to improve workforce opportunities for young people

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the second cohort of its Youth Systems Building Academy, an innovative effort to increase and enhance employment opportunities for youth. The 10 additional communities and their partners will receive individualized training and tailored technical assistance from the department to help develop, test, implement or scale systems that engage and support young people entering the workforce. 

January 18, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 187,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 24, 2022 when it was 182,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 202,000 to 203,000. The 4-week moving average was 203,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 207,750 to 208,000.

January 11, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 202,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 202,000 to 203,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,750, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 207,750 to 208,000.

January 4, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 202,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 218,000 to 220,000. The 4-week moving average was 207,750, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,000 to 212,500.

December 28, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 205,000 to 206,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,000, a decrease of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 212,000 to 212,250.

December 21, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 205,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 202,000 to 203,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,000, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 213,250 to 213,500.

December 15, 2023

US Department of Labor publishes Request for Information on PERM Schedule A revisions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today published a Request for Information so the public can provide input on whether to revise the list of Schedule A job classifications that do not require permanent labor certifications.