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  • U.S. Department of Labor Data Shows That American Job Openings Exceed Job Seekers for First Time on Record


    on April 26, 2019 at 10:37 am

    WASHINGTON, DC – For the first time on record, the number of American job openings exceeds the number of job seekers – providing the latest indicator of continued job growth and economic strength under President Donald J. Trump.
    The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) issued today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed a record 6.7 million available jobs in the United States during the month of April. Previously released BLS data showed 6.3 million job seekers in April and 6.1 million job seekers during the month of May.
    “Never before have we had an economy where the number of open jobs exceeds the number of job seekers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “This Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans have the necessary skills to access good, family-sustaining jobs. With the lowest unemployment rate in over 18 years and 3.4 million jobs created since President Trump’s election, this is a great time be a job seeker in the United States.”
    The record number of job openings announced today is the latest employment record set during the Trump Administration. Under President Trump, the unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans reached record lows. During the month of May, the unemployment rates for adult women and adult men reached the lowest levels since 2000, at 3.3% and 3.5% respectively. […]

  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the May Jobs Report


    on April 26, 2019 at 10:37 am

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the May 2018 Employment Situation report:
    “With the unemployment rate falling to 3.8% in May, the lowest in over 18 years, America’s job market remains strong. The unemployment rates for African-Americans and Asian-Americans reached record lows. Adult women and adult men recorded the lowest unemployment rates since 2000, at 3.3% and 3.5% respectively.
    “With 223,000 jobs created in May, America’s job creators have now added over 3.4 million jobs since President Trump’s election. That job increase includes more than a million jobs since the President signed his tax cuts package into law five months ago.
    “Wages continue to rise, although we want to see even more growth. As the President works to ensure all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs, we hope to see even more Americans join the labor force.&rdquo […]

  • Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report


    on April 26, 2019 at 10:37 am

    In the week ending May 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 221,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 234,000. The 4-week moving average was 222,250, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 219,750.
    Read the full release. […]

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta and U.S. Senator Collins Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Education in Maine


    on April 26, 2019 at 10:37 am

    WASHINGTON, DC – During tours today in Maine of the Penobscot Job Corps Center and the Cianbro Institute, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) highlighted the importance of ensuring all Americans have the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. With Maine’s unemployment rate holding at a record low for two straight months, Secretary Acosta and Senator Collins focused on the importance of ensuring that workforce education programs meet the needs of job creators and job seekers.
    “President Trump’s Administration is working to ensure all Americans learn the skills they need for good, family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta. “Maine’s employment situation is very strong, with the unemployment rate at a record low for two straight months and 7,600 jobs added in the state since the President’s election. I appreciated the opportunity to join Senator Collins in meeting with Mainers who are working to prepare job seekers for success in the workplace.”
    “I was delighted to welcome Secretary Acosta to Maine and show him two workforce development programs in our state that are giving Mainers the tools they need to build successful careers: the Penobscot Job Corps Center and the Cianbro Institute,” said Senator Collins.  “Penobscot Job Corps helps young adults gain hands-on job training skills, putting them on track to excel in high-growth fields, and the Cianbro Institute offers intensive training and education to Mainers seeking good-paying jobs in the construction industry.  I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Acosta to support these types of workforce training programs that create opportunities for all Americans.”
    Secretary Acosta and Senator Collins visited the Penobscot Job Corps Center in Bangor, Maine, and the Cianbro Institute, a workforce education facility, in Pittsfield, Maine. Following a discussion with leadership and staff at each location, the two toured each facility to learn more about their workforce education programs. […]

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Issues Statement Regarding Memorial Day


    on April 26, 2019 at 10:37 am

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding Memorial Day:
    “On Memorial Day, Americans keep a promise to forever honor the courage, bravery, and patriotism of America’s fallen heroes. Through solemn observances and in quiet moments, we honor the proud men and women of America’s armed services who gave their lives to defend our nation. We are forever grateful for their selfless sacrifice. Because of their heroic service, we are able to live in freedom.&rdquo […]

  • Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report


    on April 26, 2019 at 10:37 am

    In the week ending May 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 222,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 219,750, an increase of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 213,250 to 213,500.
    Read the full release. […]


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