Employment

US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August
Employment
US Jobless Claims Surge to Highest Number Since August

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly jumped last week to the highest since August and Americans increasingly moved to longer-term jobless aid. Both are troubling signs for a labor market whose recovery from the pandemic was already slowing. Initial jobless claims... Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation
Employment
Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation
2020-10-12 12:55:48
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a news conference call to discuss landmark legislation he introduced this fall to protect workers as corporations increasingly classify them as independent contractors and use sub-contractors, temporary (temp) agencies, and corporate franchises... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
Employment
New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
2020-10-05 20:20:18
by Sara Wilkerson

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over their earned annual leave received during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 2 million... Read More

US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery
Employment
US Jobless Claims Remain Elevated in Sign of Gradual Recovery

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits were little changed last week, contrasting with estimates for a decline and highlighting an economic recovery that’s coming in fits and starts. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs increased by 4,000 to 870,000 in... Read More

Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
Congress
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain
2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
Congress
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus
2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery
Economy
Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery
2020-09-18 19:05:44
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Emergency expansions to Unemployment Insurance provided critical support to workers across the country during the early months of the pandemic. But the major component of these expansions, an additional $600 in weekly benefits, expired at the end of... Read More

The Concord Coalition Argues the Case for Longer Work Lives
Employment
The Concord Coalition Argues the Case for Longer Work Lives
2020-09-16 20:27:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- A panel of experts, recently convened by The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan political advocacy group, contend that near-term economic and fiscal damage caused by the current health crisis will make living standards more important than ever. They contend... Read More

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected
Employment
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected
2020-09-15 19:33:45
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A vote is expected in the House this week on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to provide “reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are... Read More

Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
Employment
Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
2020-09-11 18:20:09
by Reece Nations

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently... Read More

US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week
Employment
US Jobless Claims Failed to Decline as Expected Last Week

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits failed to decline as expected last week, a sign extensive job losses are persisting as the nation continues to struggle to control the coronavirus. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs were unchanged at... Read More

No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package
Economy
No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the slimmed-down plan — which does not include new checks for individuals — is already a deal-breaker... Read More

US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments
Employment
US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments

U.S. unemployment claims figures gave a mixed picture of the labor market amid government changes to seasonal adjustments to account for distortions from the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in state programs totaled 881,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, according... Read More

US Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4% Even as Hiring Slows
Economy
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4% Even as Hiring Slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began. Employers added 1.4 million jobs, the Labor Department said, down from... Read More

US Firms Add Fewer Jobs Than Forecast in August, ADP Data Show
Employment
US Firms Add Fewer Jobs Than Forecast in August, ADP Data Show

U.S. companies added fewer jobs than expected in August, suggesting the labor market rebound remains gradual, with employment well below pre-pandemic levels. Businesses’ payrolls increased by 428,000 after an upwardly revised 212,000 in July, according to ADP Research Institute data... Read More

Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
Business
Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy
2020-09-02 13:55:58
by Dan McCue

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - As part of its ongoing effort to protect its workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods is launching a nationwide monitoring program at its facilities while extending its occupational health staff. The new monitoring strategy was designed with the... Read More

Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward
Employment
Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward
2020-08-26 21:03:15
by Reece Nations

ATLANTA – In cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, Delta Air Lines is implementing a widespread COVID-19 testing program for its employees to fortify the safety of passengers and personnel. The partnership between Delta and the Mayo Clinic has been on-going... Read More

US Jobless Claims Increase to More Than 1 Million
Economy
US Jobless Claims Increase to More Than 1 Million

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, a stumble for the labor market in its long road to recovery. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose by 135,000 to more than 1.1 million in the week ended... Read More

114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
Congress
114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension
2020-08-21 15:20:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the floor to consideration of a bill to extend an emergency bonus to unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus... Read More

Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
State News
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
2020-08-20 19:39:57
by Sara Wilkerson

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible... Read More

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid
Economy
States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back. The leaders of states including New York... Read More

Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy
Employment
Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest since March, offering a ray of hope for an economy still battered by the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 249,000 to... Read More

Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter
Economy
Chances Waning for Unemployment Relief for Millions as Talks Sputter

WASHINGTON — Prospects for a quick deal to extend supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus for an economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic have taken a sharp turn for the worse, leaving millions of Americans in the lurch a... Read More

1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends
Employment
1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The Labor Department’s report... Read More

Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
Congress
Beyer, Kilmer Bill Offers Peace of Mind to Jobless Americans
2020-07-27 19:37:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Americans left jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic could soon gain greater economic peace of mind thanks to a bill introduced Monday by Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash. The Worker Relief and Security Act ties... Read More

As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill
Economy
As $600-a-Week Benefit Nears End, White House Suggests Short-Term Unemployment Bill

WASHINGTON — With a $600-a-week unemployment benefit expiring this week, senior White House aides continued to suggest Sunday that a jobless benefit that was too generous would discourage people from going back to work. The officials said a short-term stopgap... Read More

Congress Edges Toward Deal to Extend Federal Unemployment Subsidy in Coronavirus Bill
Congress
Congress Edges Toward Deal to Extend Federal Unemployment Subsidy in Coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON — After initial resistance from some Republicans, Congress is inching closer to an agreement to extend at least some of the $600-a-week federal unemployment insurance subsidy approved this spring to help American workers hurt by the coronavirus crisis. When... Read More

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, But Still Top 1 Million for 16th Straight Week
Employment
Weekly Jobless Claims Fall, But Still Top 1 Million for 16th Straight Week
2020-07-09 16:03:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a pace that suggests employers continue to lay people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of jobless... Read More

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