My First Week

by Heidi Shierholz September 11, 2014

Despite being physically lost numerous times in the labyrinthine Frances Perkins Building, I feel right at home at the Department of Labor. My first task at the department was to prepare the secretary for the release of the August employment numbers. Each month Secretary Perez discusses the results of the report and what it means [...]

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Number Power

by Dr. Cherise Hunter September 10, 2014

In my former career as a special education transition teacher, I was constantly measuring the change and growth of my students. I maintained a binder on each student that contained their individualized goals along with various data collection forms on which I tracked their progress. This information was crucial to education program planning and my [...]

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G20 in Australia: Picking Up the Pace of Growth

by Secretary Tom Perez September 9, 2014

Editor’s Note: Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, Secretary Tom Perez traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to attend the G20, an opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues. Throughout the week, he shared his personal commentary in the following post. Greetings from Melbourne, Australia! This week I’m at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministerial [...]

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Our Minimum Wage is Low, Really Low

by Jason Surbey September 7, 2014

The value of the federal minimum wage has been on a steady decline since it peaked in the late 1960s. In fact, it’s worth 20 percent less today than it was in the 1980s, making it difficult for a full-time worker to pay their monthly bills or even buy the basic necessities. With an income [...]

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Summer May be Over, But Heat Safety is Not

by Mandy Edens September 5, 2014

Labor Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the end of extreme heat, especially for workers who spend much of their time outdoors.  While most of the U.S. experienced a relatively mild summer, in some cases even witnessing record lows, the Labor Day weekend saw soaring temperatures and humidity along the East Coast, [...]

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10 Million Jobs and Counting

by Secretary Tom Perez September 5, 2014

Here are three things you should know about the August Employment Situation report: Businesses have now added more than 10 million jobs over the last four and a half years. We’ve seen 54 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, the longest streak on record. The unemployment rate ticked down to 6.1 percent in August, a [...]

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How the Job Corps Is Still Helping Thousands of Americans Find Work, 50 Years Later

by Justin Worland September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: This article originally ran in TIME on August 30, 2014. Read the original here. The little-known program has helped more than 2 million find jobs since its founding. Fifty years ago, Charles “Huckleback” Logan was down on his luck. The 17-year-old had failed out of school and was living with his grandmother in an [...]

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Connecting High School Students with STEM Careers

by David Volk September 3, 2014

Editor’s note: The following guest post is authored by Assistant Director of Toledo Technology Academy David Volk. Secretary Perez recently visited Toledo and met Mr. Volk to discuss how TTA, a recent Youth CareerConnect grant recipient, is equipping young people with the skills they need to get on the pathway to a successful career. I’d be [...]

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What Changed Retirement Forever

by Phyllis Borzi September 2, 2014

You’ve worked for the same company your whole life. Tomorrow is your last day, and you’ve already packed up your desk. Your colleagues are setting up cupcakes in the break room when you get a call from Human Resources with bad news: You’ve been fired. And because you weren’t set to retire until tomorrow, you’ll [...]

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For Labor Day, Work Through This List

by Carl Fillichio August 29, 2014

“Labor Day differs in every essential from the other holidays of the year in any country,” Samuel Gompers, the founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor, once said. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord [...]

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