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Employment

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

WASHINGTON - Americans left jobless due to the COVID-19 pandemic could soon gain greater economic peace of mind thanks to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a pace that suggests employers continue to... Read More

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

2020-07-06 14:18:26
by Sara Wilkerson
College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines

WASHINGTON - June is always an anxious time for new graduates, but there’s never been a summer in memory as... Read More

WASHINGTON - June is always an anxious time for new graduates, but there’s never been a summer in memory as stark for new job seekers as this one. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 40 million have lost... Read More

2020-07-02 13:40:47
by Dan McCue
Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a peak of 14.7% in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. June was the second month in a row of payroll... Read More

2020-06-29 19:45:34
by Sara Wilkerson
Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to request Congressional funding to plug "orphan" oil and gas wells across the... Read More

2020-06-23 18:48:31
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Effort to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit Gains Coalition Endorsement

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan effort to expand the employee retention tax credit has gained a significant endorsement from a coalition representing 130 small businesses and key industry organizations.  The bill, entitled the “Jumpstarting Our 5 Businesses’ Success Credit Act”, or... Read More

2020-06-15 15:50:14
by Dan McCue
Gay, Transgender Workers Protected by Anti-Discrimination Laws, Supreme Court Rules

WASHINGTON - In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects... Read More

WASHINGTON - In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. The 6-3 ruling was considered something of a surprise, given the supposed... Read More

2020-06-05 13:56:58
by Dan McCue
Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3%, Economy Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May as businesses began to reopen following months of closures ordered... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May as businesses began to reopen following months of closures ordered at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. The uptick in hiring dropped the unemployment rate to 13.3%, the Labor Department... Read More

2020-05-26 18:05:30
by Dan McCue
Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Remote Work by District Staff

WASHINGTON - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a virtual discussion late last week on the challenges... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a virtual discussion late last week on the challenges faced by district staff working remotely and the steps federal agencies can take to protect staffers as they return to... Read More

2020-05-22 20:18:28
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills training credit for workers who have lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Renewal Act affords these... Read More

2020-05-21 21:48:20
by Dan McCue
Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the nine weeks since the onset of the coronavirus... Read More

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the nine weeks since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic reached 38.6 million last week, just as states across the nation began to take decisive steps to reopen their... Read More

2020-05-14 14:01:36
by Dan McCue
Coronavirus Job Losses Now Top 36 Million

WASHINGTON - Nearly 3 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total job losses since the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Nearly 3 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total job losses since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in mid-February to roughly 36 million, the Labor Department said Thursday. An additional 842,000 people applied... Read More

2020-05-13 13:30:15
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Industry and legal experts told the U.S. Senate Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is creating liabilities that are... Read More

WASHINGTON - Industry and legal experts told the U.S. Senate Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is creating liabilities that are not adequately addressed by existing laws and regulations. As a result, business owners are running up against hundreds of lawsuits... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Split on Rights for Catholic School Teachers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded split Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded split Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools, as they heard cases involving two who were fired from Catholic schools in Los... Read More

2020-05-08 17:26:27
by Dan McCue
New Dems Propose Tying Expanded Jobless Benefits to Economic and Public Health

WASHINGTON - Rep. Derek Kilmer, chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, joined with Rep. Don Beyer this week to release... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Derek Kilmer, chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, joined with Rep. Don Beyer this week to release a draft framework for the Workers’ Relief and Security Act, bicameral legislation that would tie ongoing expanded unemployment benefits to... Read More

2020-05-08 15:51:49
by Dan McCue
Murphy-led Group of Bipartisan Members Push Tax Credit Bill to Reduce Layoffs

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning... Read More

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is seeking to stem the stunning wave of layoffs across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic by expanding the employee retention tax credit. Roughly 33.5... Read More

Jobless Rate Spikes to 14.7%, Highest Since Great Depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus... Read More

2020-05-06 20:35:01
by Dan McCue
Employers Eliminated More Than 20 Million Jobs in April, Report Says

WASHINGTON - U.S. private sector employers cut 20.2 million jobs from their payrolls in April, a stunning sign of just... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. private sector employers cut 20.2 million jobs from their payrolls in April, a stunning sign of just what the coronavirus outbreak has done to the economy in a relatively short time. In a report released Wednesday, ADP,... Read More

30 Million Have Sought US Jobless Aid Since Virus Hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed... Read More

2020-04-23 15:04:53
by Dan McCue
Pandemic Continues to Stifle Economy as 4.4 Million More Seek Jobless Aid

WASHINGTON - Just over 4.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic and efforts... Read More

WASHINGTON - Just over 4.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to tame it continue to batter the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that 4,427,000 Americans applied for benefits... Read More

2020-04-22 18:39:24
by Dan McCue
White House Outlines Strategy for Federal Agencies Resuming Operations

WASHINGTON - Federal workers hoping for some clarity on when and how they will return to work in their offices... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal workers hoping for some clarity on when and how they will return to work in their offices got a hint on Monday, when the White House released its framework for gradually reopening the federal government. The framework,... Read More

2020-04-16 14:20:15
by Dan McCue
Unemployment Claims Surge By Another 5.2 Million As White House Eyes Restarting Economy

WASHINGTON -- Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, jumped by another 5.2 million last week, bringing the four-week total... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, jumped by another 5.2 million last week, bringing the four-week total to about 22 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That number wipes out the total number of jobs created during... Read More

2020-04-06 20:59:16
by Dan McCue
Federal Workers Can Sue Over Any Age Bias In Employment Action

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Age Discrimination and Employment Act allows federal employees to sue... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Age Discrimination and Employment Act allows federal employees to sue over any age bias inferred by an adverse employment action -- even when that bias isn't the driving factor behind... Read More

2020-04-03 16:46:32
by Dan McCue
Economy Lost 701K Jobs After Coronavirus Bite Took Hold

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs in March as the coronavirus outbreak spread, ending more than a decade... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy lost 701,000 jobs in March as the coronavirus outbreak spread, ending more than a decade of uninterrupted employment growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The bureau's monthly employment situation report attributed the shedding... Read More

2020-04-02 17:17:24
by Dan McCue
Jobless Claims Reach New Record High As 6.6 Million File for Assistance

WASHINGTON - More than 6.6 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, shattering the record number for... Read More

WASHINGTON - More than 6.6 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, shattering the record number for the second week in a row, the Labor Department announced Thursday. Last week, 3.3 million people filed jobless claims, meaning... Read More

2020-03-19 20:49:14
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Says Jump in Unemployment Claims Is a Further Call to Action in Virus Fight

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged to its highest level in more than... Read More

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged to its highest level in more than two years last week, causing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to vow the government will do "everything necessary" to help... Read More

2020-03-19 15:02:34
by Dan McCue
O'Halleran, A Warrior for Job Creation, Seeks Solar Energy Training for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is no stranger to fighting to create jobs and a stronger economy for all Americans. His latest effort in this area is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to foster workforce training for transitioning military personnel in... Read More

2020-03-19 14:56:33
by Dan McCue
Rice Leads Bipartisan Effort to Address Shortage of Support Professionals

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is one of the leaders in a bipartisan effort to address an oft-overlooked area of jobs development -- the dramatic shortage of support professionals to work with the disabled. Rice, along with Reps. Peter... Read More

2020-02-22 00:12:34
by Dan McCue
Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, met with North Texas business, education and labor leaders this week to discuss ways to expand... Read More

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, met with North Texas business, education and labor leaders this week to discuss ways to expand job training opportunities for students, retain talent in the area and ensure higher education is both accessible and affordable for... Read More

2020-02-19 19:21:02
by Dan McCue
Industry Analysis Finds Trump’s War Restricts Solar Energy Job Growth

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an... Read More

President Donald Trump's tariff war with China significantly restricted the growth of the nation's solar energy workforce last year, an industry analysis shows. According to a report released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to... Read More

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