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December 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows Gain of Only 74000 Jobs

Total nonfarm employment in the United States edged up by only 74,000 jobs in December 2013 while the unemployment rate declined from 7 percent to 6.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped from 10.9 million to 10.4 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — DECEMBER 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The current Employment Situation report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

November 2013 Employment Report Shows Gain of 203000 Jobs while Unemployment Rate Drops to 7 Percent

Total nonfarm employment in the United States rose by 203,000 jobs in November 2013 while the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7 percent and the number of unemployed persons dropped from 11.3 million to 10.9 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2013’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Employment Situation report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

Delayed September 2013 Employment Situation Report Shows Increase of 148000 Jobs during Month

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 148,000 jobs in September 2013 while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.2 percent and the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged 11.3 million, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2013’ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Delayed by the recent Federal government shutdown that ended October 17, 2013, the Employment Situation Report is usually released on the first Friday of each month at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

September 2013 Employment Situation Report from DOL Postponed Due to Government Shutdown

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has postponed the release the September 2013 Employment Situation report compiled by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) originally planned for Friday, October 4, 2013 “due to the lapse in funding” and an alternative release date has not yet been scheduled, according to news release available at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20132030.htm. Continue reading

History of Labor Day Holiday Explained on Department of Labor Website

Curious about the meaning behind Labor Day, the national holiday for workers celebrated on the first Monday of September each year in America? Labor Day will be celebrated September 2, 2013 this year and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has a web page that explains the history of the holiday, which includes a dispute over the person who first proposed the day off for workers. The DOL web page ‘The History of Labor Day’ is available online at http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm. Continue reading

DOL Office of Contract Compliance Programs Issues Directive on Use of Criminal Records for Background Checks

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a new Directive on ‘Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race and National Origin.’ The OFCCP Directive advises federal contractors and subcontractors about potential discriminatory liability resulting from using criminal records for employment background checks and warns policies that exclude workers with criminal records without taking into account the age and nature of the offense could violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by adversely impacting minority candidates. The OFCCP Directive, which took effect immediately, is available at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/directives/dir306.htm. Continue reading

October 2012 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 171000 Jobs Added

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 jobs in October 2012 while the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2012’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which also found that Hurricane Sandy “had no discernible effect on the employment and unemployment.” The October 2012 Employment Situation Report is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the November 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, December 7, 2012. Continue reading

September 2012 Employment Situation Report Reveals 114000 Jobs Added While Unemployment Rate Dropped Under 8 Percent

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 114,000 jobs in September while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 to 7.8 percent after hovering between 8.1 and 8.3 percent for the first 8 months of the year, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The September 2012 Employment Situation Report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the October 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, November 2, 2012. Continue reading

Department of Labor Issues Training Letter to Job Banks on New EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Civil Rights Center (CRC), has issued a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) to public Job Banks and other “covered entities” on complying with nondiscrimination provisions that include new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal record restrictions and disparate impact based on race and national origin. The ‘TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 31-11’ is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=9230. Continue reading

June 2012 Employment Situation Report Shows US Economy Edged Up 80000 Jobs

According to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. edged up 80,000 jobs in June 2012 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent and the number of unemployed persons was also essentially unchanged at 12.7 million. The Employment Situation for June 2012 will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the Employment Situation for July 2012 is released on Friday, August 3, 2012. Continue reading