September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Disaster Recovery Funding To Northern Mariana Islands for Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu Response

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $1,841,563 for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Labor - Workforce Investment Agency Division. The funds will allow grant participants to continue disaster-relief cleanup efforts resulting from Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu, which occurred in September and October 2018, respectively.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant to Massachusetts for Jobs, Employment Services in Response to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant of $2,032,071 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Massachusetts affected by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional National Dislocated Worker Grant Funding to Massachusetts for Reemployment Services After Layoffs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $438,844 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development for the National Dislocated Worker Grant currently serving individuals impacted by the closure of Garber Brothers Inc., located in Stoughton, along with Serta Mattress, located in Middleboro.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Dislocated Worker Funding to Support Individuals Affected by Auto Industry Layoffs in Northeast Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $875,000 in additional funding for a National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding will allow for the continuation of reemployment services to workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, as well as from four additional auto industry suppliers in Northeast Ohio.

September 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Supplemental Employment and Training Services Funding for Eastern Kentucky Dislocated Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of additional National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $3,724,200 to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP). The funding will provide for the continuation of employment and training services to dislocated workers impacted by layoffs from the coal industry in the eastern portion of Kentucky, including miners affected by the Blackjewel LLC bankruptcy. EKCEP serves a rural population of nearly 500,000 people in 23 counties in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky.

September 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Florida $11.8 Million in Dislocated Worker Grant Funds for Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $11,808,708 for the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The funds will allow for participants to continue disaster-relief cleanup resulting from the September 2017 storm, as well as for the provision of employment and training services to eligible grant participants. 

September 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Modernize and Improve the Recruitment of American Workers for Temporary Agricultural Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued a Final Rule aimed at helping Americans find open agricultural jobs by modernizing the labor market test for H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification in the Federal Register.

September 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant To West Virginia to Assist Recovery from Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $975,000 to Workforce West Virginia to assess workforce needs in response to severe storms in June 2019, which brought heavy rainfall that caused extreme flooding and extensive damage to waterways.

September 19, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 208,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 204,000 to 206,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,500 to 213,000.

September 17, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Fifth Annual National Apprenticeship Week

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will be held from November 11-17, 2019.

Established by the U.S. Department of Labor, NAW is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, labor, educational institutions, and Americans interested in apprenticeships to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

September 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant to Massachusetts after Weetabix Manufacturing Facility Closure

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $372,945 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to provide reemployment services to individuals impacted by the closure of the Weetabix cereal manufacturing facility in Clinton, Massachusetts, operated by Post Holdings Inc.

September 12, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 204,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 217,000 to 219,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,500, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 216,250 to 216,750.  

September 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant to Connecticut for Jobs and Employment Services in Response to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Connecticut Department of Labor for up to $4,757,845, with $1,585,948 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Connecticut affected by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant To Massachusetts after Closing of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding of $503,079, awarded to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to provide reemployment services to individuals impacted by the closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions to Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Dorian.

"The U.S. Department of Labor is actively engaged in Administration-wide efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian," said Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella. "As Americans from across the country rally to help each other, the Department of Labor is committed to supporting recovery efforts."

U.S. Department of Labor actions taken regarding Hurricane Dorian include the following:

September 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Funds to Florida to Continue Disaster Relief Efforts after Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded additional National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) funding to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to continue disaster-relief efforts in response to Hurricane Michael and to provide career and training services to individuals forced to relocate in the storm's aftermath.

September 5, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 217,000, an increase of 1,000 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 216,250, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 214,500 to 214,750.

September 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant to Missouri to Assist Recovery from Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved National Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) funding of up to $2,420,000, with $806,667 released initially, to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development to assess workforce needs in response to severe storms and flooding in March and April 2019.

August 29, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 209,000 to 211,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 214,500 to 215,000.

August 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Increase Apprenticeship Participation, Expand Job Opportunities for American Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grant funding to organizations in Illinois, Virginia, and Wisconsin to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. The grants will help women pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, health care, and other industries.

The 2019 Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant recipients are: