August 28, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $10.5M in initial funding to support disaster-related jobs in Hawaii after severe wildfires on Maui

WASHINGTON – After severe wildfires swept across the Hawaiian island of Maui on Aug. 8, 2023, the state’s disaster declaration was approved, which cleared the way for federal aid to assist in recovery efforts. To support disaster-relief jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the initial award of $10.5 million to Hawaii.

August 17, 2023

Department of Labor announces availability of $65M in grants to expand access to training needed for good-paying jobs in high-demand industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $65 million in funding to increase community colleges’ ability to provide equitable access to training to meet employers’ and workers’ skill development needs for in-demand industries.

August 17, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 248,000 to 250,000. The 4-week moving average was 234,250, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 231,000 to 231,500.

August 16, 2023

Department of Labor launches Apprentice Trailblazer initiative to promote, expand Registered Apprenticeships, increase youth employment

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the Apprentice Trailblazer initiative, which will create a national network of apprentices and apprenticeship graduates whose individual stories may inspire career seekers interested in becoming apprentices. 

August 10, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 248,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 227,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,000, an increase of 2,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 228,250.

August 9, 2023

Department of Labor, National Governors Association announce partnership to enhance state workforce development systems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a partnership with the National Governors Association to bring federal partners, state policy advisors, workforce development boards and agencies, and other policymakers together to support states’ planning processes.

The partnership will take advantage of employment opportunities made possible by the Biden-Harris administration’s historic investments to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and promote economic growth.

August 3, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $1M to continue to support disaster-relief jobs, training to assist Michigan’s opioid crisis response

WASHINGTONTo support efforts to address Michigan’s continuing opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $1,025,221 for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to fund employment and training services and disaster-relief jobs for workers in 24 of the state’s counties.

August 3, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 227,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 221,000. The 4-week moving average was 228,250, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 233,750.

July 27, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 221,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 233,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 237,500.

July 24, 2023

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

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $8,333,334 to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to support continued disaster-relief employment and employment and training services after tornadoes in December 2021 and severe flooding in July 2022.

July 24, 2023

US Department of Labor awards initial $6.6M in funding to support disaster-related jobs, other assistance to Kentucky after devastating storms

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the initial award of $6.6 million in funding to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to support cleanup and recovery activities after severe storms caused flooding and extensive damage in February 2023.

July 20, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 228,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 237,000. The 4-week moving average was 237,500, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 246,750.

July 19, 2023

Department of Labor awards nearly $17M to expand use of Registered Apprenticeships in education, clean energy, other critical industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $17 million in funding contracts to seven organizations to promote Registered Apprenticeships in emerging industries where they have not been scaled traditionally and to continue to expand in industries where they exist currently.

July 19, 2023

Department of Labor awards $65M to help states increase, expand access to Registered Apprenticeships in high-growth, high-demand industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $65 million in grants to 45 states to increase their ability to serve, improve and strategically expand their Registered Apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeships leading to Registered Apprenticeships to enhance the National Apprenticeship system.

July 13, 2023

[UPDATED] Department of Labor announces $377M in available grants to states to strengthen unemployment insurance programs, modernize systems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced three new funding opportunities that will make up to $377 million in grants available to states to strengthen the integrity and resilience of their unemployment insurance programs.

July 13, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 237,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 248,000 to 249,000. The 4-week moving average was 246,750, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 253,250 to 253,500.

July 11, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $800K to continue employment, training services for coastal communities in 6 counties affected by layoffs in Maine

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $800,000 to Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. to provide continued employment and training services to dislocated workers affected by continuing layoffs in six counties.