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Department of Labor launch new platform for workers' rights

Worker.gov, currently in beta, is dedicated to the needs of workers. It was developed in response to feedback received during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, regional worker voice summits, and listening sessions with workers across the nation who found existing government websites detailing their rights difficult to navigate or understand. Their launch release stated:…

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Department of Labor announces over $20.4 million to expand apprenticeship opportunities

announced over $20.4 million in contract awards to 14 national industry intermediaries and national equity partners to expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. The contracts will support the growth of apprenticeship programs in various industries, including healthcare, construction, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, and information and communications technology; and support increasing demographic diversity and inclusion in…

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Department of Labor announces $10.4 million in grants

announced the award of $10.4 million in ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants to expand and expedite registered apprenticeship programs nationwide. The grants – awarded to 51 states and territories, and the District of Columbia – are part of $90 million in funding announced in April to expand apprenticeship in the U.S. The recipients announced today will…

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U.S. Department of Labor awards $112 million for reemployment services

Estimates based on the budgets in the past 10 years show that the program has reduced the use of UI services by approximately one-and-a-half weeks, saving on average $3 for every dollar spent in costs. “As our nation continues to enjoy a period of sustained economic growth, with 14.4 million jobs added in the past…

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November 2015 employment: Slow growth compared to previous months

Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate continues to hold steady at 5 percent in November. The unemployment rate officially dropped two whole percentage points over the past two years, since November 2013. Approximately 7.9 million Americans still find themselves unemployed, a number unchanged since last month. In addition, 211,000 new jobs were added in…

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October 2015 employment: increase in wages, professional service jobs

a release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, October saw dramatic job gains across many industries, as well as increases in private (non-farm) hourly wages. The Bureau says the unemployment rate remained “unchanged” from September’s rate of 5.1 percent, but the new report shows that the percentage of unemployed must have just edged under the…

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September 2015: mining job market continues plummet, health care sees gains

with August’s numbers, according to a release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. September also saw 142,000 new jobs created, primarily in the health care and professional services sectors. Health care saw 34,000 new jobs in September, with 16,000 of those positions being related to hospital work and 13,000 positions related to ambulatory health services.…

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