February 14, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks public comment on changes to program for employment of seniors in community service

WASHINGTON – In response to the March 25, 2020, reauthorization of the Older Americans Act through the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor today published two notices to revise its Senior Community Service Employment Program regulations to conform to the changes

February 14, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $2.9M to assist clean-up, recovery after northern California’s 2021 wildfires

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an initial award of $2,968,350 to support disaster-relief employment for individuals to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts, and to provide employment and training services in northern California after devastating wildfires between July and October 2021, which burned extensively throughout the national forests there.

February 10, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 223,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 238,000 to 239,000. The 4-week moving average was 253,250, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 255,000 to 255,250.

February 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $800K in funding to provide pandemic-related employment, training services for coastal communities in Maine

WASHINGTON – In 2021, the pandemic forced 17 employers in Maine’s coastal region, including Abbott Labs, B&M Baked Beans and Country Manor Nursing Home, to lay off more than 500 workers, which has prompted the U.S. Department of Labor to award a grant to help prepare these workers for new employment opportunities.  

February 8, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $1.7M incremental award for pandemic-related employment, workforce training, humanitarian support in Guam

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $1.7 million to the Government of Guam to support continued disaster-relief employment and workforce development in response to the effects of the pandemic in the U.S. territory.

February 7, 2022

US Department of Labor provides states with updated guidance to waive recovery of certain unemployment insurance benefits overpayments

WASHINGTON – During the height of the pandemic, records were broken as millions of Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits. As demand soared, the U.S. Department of Labor provided instructions to states to administer payments under several programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

February 3, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 238,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 260,000 to 261,000. The 4-week moving average was 255,000, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 247,000 to 247,250.

January 31, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $1.8M in funding for employment, training services to combat New York’s opioid crisis

WASHINGTON Fatal overdoses in New York have nearly tripled in the last decade, with nearly 85 percent of them linked to controlled substances, including opioids. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates fatal opioid overdoses kill 91 people each day in the U.S.

January 31, 2022

US Department of Labor announces availability of $15M in state grants to improve delivery of benefits, services by state unemployment systems

WASHINGTON – At the height of the pandemic, displaced workers flooded state unemployment insurance systems across the nation with requests for assistance and benefits, exposing many antiquated systems and their vulnerabilities.

January 31, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $2.4M in funding for employment, training services to combat West Virginia’s opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – In the last decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of fatal overdoses in West Virginia has nearly tripled, nearly 85 percent of them linked to controlled substances including opioids. Nationally, the CDC estimates 91 of the more than 140 Americans who die each day from drug overdose fall victim to opioids.

January 31, 2022

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

WASHINGTON – With opioid-related overdoses linked to nearly 2,700 deaths in Maine between 2010 and 2019, and tens of thousands of Maine residents living with chronic addiction, opioid usage remains a serious health emergency there.

January 27, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 260,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 286,000 to 290,000. The 4-week moving average was 247,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 231,000 to 232,000.

January 20, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 286,000, an increase of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 230,000 to 231,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 210,750 to 211,000.

January 6, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 207,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 198,000 to 200,000. The 4-week moving average was 204,500, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 199,250 to 199,750.

December 30, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 198,000, a decrease of 8,000 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 199,250, a decrease of 7,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since October 25, 1969 when it was 199,250. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 206,250 to 206,500.

December 23, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 205,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 206,000 to 205,000. The 4-week moving average was 206,250, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 203,750 to 203,500.

December 22, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $8.3M in funding to Kentucky to support tornado clean up, recovery after recent devastation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $8,333,333 in funding to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to support disaster-relief employment after a series of deadly tornadoes on Dec. 10 caused extensive damage.

December 17, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $8M to Industry Intermediaries to expand Registered Apprenticeship models in care economy, supply chain sectors

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $8 million in contract investments to four national Industry Intermediaries to expand the use of Registered Apprenticeship in sectors affected by the pandemic. The department is seeking to develop apprenticeship opportunities for all U.S. workers, in particular those from under-represented and underserved populations. 

December 17, 2021

US Department of Labor announces first Johnson & Johnson Vision training program graduates at Jacksonville Job Corps Center

JACKSONVILLE, FL – In early November, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jacksonville Job Corps Center signed a memorandum of understanding with Johnson & Johnson Vision to make its advanced manufacturing production technology training program available to Job Corps students.

On Dec. 17, the joint agreement moved three of the Florida center’s students one step closer to beginning their careers in robotics as the program produced its first class of graduates.