Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on December employment numbers

Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on December employment numbersWASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement about the December 2015 Employment Situation report released today:

“2015 ended with still more robust job creation: 292,000 jobs, making December the second best month of the year and bringing total 2015 job growth to 2.7 million. The longest streak of private-sector job growth on record continues, now at 70 straight months with 14.1 million new jobs over that time. The unemployment rate was unchanged from November, remaining at 5.0 percent.

“We’ve made tremendous progress. Seven years ago, the U.S. economy was in free fall, hemorrhaging 2.3 million private-sector jobs in just the three months before President Obama took office. Millions of families lost their homes and retirement savings. Major financial institutions and the auto industry were on the brink of collapse.

“But today the worst economic crisis in generations is behind u..

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OSHA cites SB Framing Services after worker dies after falling from roof

OSHA cites SB Framing Services after worker dies after falling from roofContractor issued willful and serious violation for failing to protect employees NAPLES, Fla. – Had his employer taken the necessary steps to fully protect him, a 32-year-old construction worker might not have suffered deadly injuries in a fall at a Naples building site on Sept. 26, 2015.

Selvin Velasquez, a residential framer, was working at a new residence at Marbella Isles on Monticello Boulevard when he lost his balance and fell from 19 feet to the ground below. Velasquez was transported to a hospital where he later succumbed.

In its investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that SB Framing Services Inc. failed to ensure a fall protection system was in use. The agency cited the Naples-based company with one willful and one serious violation.

“This tragedy was preventable,” said Condell Eastmond, director of OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale Area Office. “SB F..

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Nearly $2M awarded to help Virginia workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs rejoin workforce

Nearly $2M awarded to help Virginia workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs rejoin workforceWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded POWER Initiative National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $1,965,730 to the Virginia Community College System to help provide reemployment services required by coal industry workers to prepare for positions in emerging and growing fields.

The department previously announced the availability of up to $20 million in these National Dislocated Worker Grants as part of the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative. The initiative is a coordinated effort among 10 federal agencies that makes integrated investments in communities and workers hurt by changes in the coal economy, where job losses in recent years have continued a decades-long trend.

The funds will serve approximately 210 workers affected by layoffs from Alpha Natural Resources, based in Bristol, Virginia. They will provide affected wo..

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Funds awarded to help Maine paper industry workers affected by layoffs

Funds awarded to help Maine paper industry workers affected by layoffs State: Maine

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant

Supplemental Amount Released: $297,838

Initial Award Amount Released: $256,696

Funding Awarded to: Maine Department of Labor

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 72

Use of Funds: The funding of this National Dislocated Worker Grant supplemental award will provide for the continuation of reemployment services to workers affected by the closure of Lincoln Paper and Tissue, LLC, located in Lincoln, Maine. The department approved an initial grant award of $256,696 on March 18, 2014 to the Maine Department of Labor to provide services to about 100 of the 200 workers affected by the layoffs. In August 2015, LPT laid off an additional 180 workers in a new round of layoffs. This supplemental award is expected to serve 72 of these 180 workers. All of the workers targeted for NDWG services are eligible and certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance. This dua..

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Additional $2.5M awarded to provide reemployment services to transitioning service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Additional $2.5M awarded to provide reemployment services to transitioning service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChordState: Washington

Type of Award: National Dislocated Worker Grant supplemental funding

Supplemental Amount Released: $2,500,000

Initial Award Amount Released: $2,888,266

Funding Awarded to: Pacific Mountain Workforce Consortium

Number of Workers Served: Approximately 1,350

Use of Funds: The department approved this National Dislocated Worker Grant on Dec. 11, 2013, for up to $5,586,385, and released $2,888,266 initially to serve 900 of the 4,559 service members with military exit notices at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood, Washington. On March 20, 2015, the department awarded incremental funding of $2,698,119, the remaining balance of the $5,586,385 initially approved. This is a supplemental award to fund continuation of reemployment services to members transitioning from military service at JBLM. With a growing number of service members at JBLM transitioning..

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Three coal mining deaths in 19 days are ‘troubling,’ says MSHA chief

Three coal mining deaths in 19 days are ‘troubling,’ says MSHA chiefARLINGTON, Va. – Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main today issued the following statement regarding the first three coal mining deaths of 2016:

“In just the first three weeks of 2016, and after the safest year in mining history, the coal industry has experienced three fatalities in three separate mining accidents, the highest number of coal accidents to occur in the same time period since January 2006.

On Jan. 4, a 53-year-old miner was killed when he became entangled in a moving underground conveyor in West Virginia.
On Jan. 16, a 31-year-old miner was killed when falling material pinned the victim to the mine floor in Pennsylvania.
On Jan. 19, a 36-year-old miner was killed when he became pinned between a continuous mining machine and a coal rib in Kentucky.

“In light of declining coal market conditions, we all need to be mindful that effective safety and health protections that ..

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$5M in grants available to create jail-based employment centers to ready inmates for job market before release, reduce recidivism

$5M in grants available to create jail-based employment centers to ready inmates for job market before release, reduce recidivismWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today announced the availability of approximately $5 million for 10 grants of up to $500,000 each to put specialized American Job Centers within county, municipal or regional correctional facilities. By doing so, the grants will support an integrated approach that links pre-release services directly to post-release services. The “Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release” initiative will fund the grants.

Every year, the U.S. Department of Justice reports, the nation’s more than 3,000 county and local jails release more than 9 million people. Many of these individuals have few job skills and face difficult barriers to stable employment. Without a strong support system or a steady job, many once incarcerated people are likely to commit new crimes and return to jail: a cycle o..

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Workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs in Pennsylvania to receive reemployment assistance with $2M in funding

Workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs in Pennsylvania to receive reemployment assistance with $2M in fundingWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded POWER Initiative National Dislocated Worker Grant funding of $2 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to help provide reemployment services required by coal industry workers to prepare for positions in emerging and growing fields.

The department previously announced the availability of up to $20 million in these Dislocated Worker Grants as part of the Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization initiative. The initiative is a coordinated effort among 10 federal agencies that makes integrated investments in communities and workers hurt by changes in the coal economy, where job losses in recent years have continued a decades-long trend.

The funds will serve workers approximately 1,100 dislocated workers affected by layoffs at six coal mining employers, as well as two..

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Proposed rulemaking updates nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Proposed rulemaking updates nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ActWASHINGTON – The workforce development system is the backbone of job training in the U.S. It provides millions of jobseekers and workers the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new and better jobs. The system also serves a critical role in our nation’s labor market, bringing together workers and businesses to ensure that workers can find good jobs and that employers can find the skilled workers they need to keep business thriving.

Essential to the workforce development system is its accessibility to everyone – equal and free of discrimination. To ensure the system meets this important requirement, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide important updates to the existing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. These regulations hav..

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MSHA responds to favorable Court of Appeals ruling on coal dust rule

MSHA responds to favorable Court of Appeals ruling on coal dust ruleARLINGTON, Va. – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied a challenge brought by two separate groups representing the coal industry to the final rule Lowering Miners’ Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors. The court denied the petitioners’ challenge of MSHA’s authority to issue the rule under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main issued the following statement:

“This is indeed a good day for coal miners. For years, MSHA worked hard to craft a balanced rule that would allow miners to stay healthy and businesses to continue to operate. We listened closely to industry concerns throughout this process and, ultimately, finalized a regulation that fulfilled the promise Congress made in the Coal Act of 1969 — to reduce dust levels and prevent miners from getting black lung diseas..

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