A Labor Force Built to Last

by Secretary Hilda Solis on February 3, 2012 · 6 comments

Our nation’s labor market posted strong gains in the month of January. The economy added 257,000 private sector jobs last month, exceeding expectations, while the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent — its lowest level since February 2009. These numbers show that the labor market continues on a positive trajectory.

Bar Graph Showing Monthly Change in Total Private Employment Jan 2008 - January 2012

We’ve created 3.7 million private sector jobs over the last 23 months, according to revised numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. January’s job growth was the strongest in nine months. The unemployment rate among African-Americans fell by 2.2 percent in January down to 13.6 percent — the largest one-month drop in recorded history.

The national unemployment rate has fallen by 0.8 percent in the last five months. The drop in unemployment has been driven by employment gains, not workers leaving the labor force.

Bar Chart of Employment in Major Industries Since the Employment Trough, Februay 2010 - January 2012

We’re seeing accelerated growth in our labor force across almost every industry. The manufacturing industry surged in January, adding 50,000 jobs. Over the past year, we’ve added 235,000 manufacturing jobs. More products are rolling off the assembly line marked ‘made in the USA.’ We can build on this encouraging trend if Congress acts on the president’s proposals to remove tax incentives for companies that ship American jobs overseas and invests in training programs so our workers can fill existing openings in advanced manufacturing.

We’re also seeing new growth in construction. This sector has added 52,000 jobs over the last two months, the largest increase in construction jobs since 2007.

January’s employment numbers exceeded all forecasts and provide the strongest evidence yet that our economic recovery is on track.”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gregg February 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

52.000 Construction jobs added Ms Solis,How many forklifts,scissor lifts,boom lifts,were used during these new jobs? Were these safe machines Ms Solis?
Do you think any workers or mechanics would step forward with inside information of unsafe machines after reading about our OSHA 11(c) whistleblower case ?
I think they would turn a blind eye after reading our story,right Ms Solis?
Could you blame them?
I don’t think so Ms Solis!

( GOT MERIT ? )

2 Gregg February 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

You will let me know when this protection in your OSHA 11(c) whistleblower protection comes into play, right Ms Solis?

3 Gregg February 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Still waiting Ms Solis for that answer if the 1%er’s have a diffrent set of rules then us 99% er’s?
Anyone reading my DOL blog comments about our OSHA whistleblower case would think so,don’t you Ms Solis?

4 Gregg February 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

Another point Ms Solis about what that homeland security officer’s comment to us on 2/9/2012.
When he stated that he would not blow the whistle due to what i have been through with our OSHA whistleblower case i had not talked to him about my case in over two years!Do you think this played a factor in his decision Ms Solis?
Think he knows how pathetic our government has become Ms Solis?
I think this shows what a joke OSHA’s whistleblower protection program is.
This clearly shows your Labor force is built to last as long as they keep quiet,right Ms Solis.
Not just a labor force to last but to also work in fear!

( GOT MERIT ? )

5 Gregg February 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

So how about if there was an incident with those undocumented people that homeland security officer was told to let go because he was worried about blowing the whistle Ms Solis?
Could he face charges?
Would he face retaliation if he did speak up Ms Solis?
This homeland security officer has a relitive that is up there in rank in homeland security so why would he worry about blowing the whistle Ms Solis?
Not just due to how pathetic DOL handled my Whistleblower case right Ms Solis?

( GOT MERIT ? )

6 online degree February 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

Additional jobs. Additional opportunities for the job seekers. This is improvement.

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