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News: March 19, 2018


Economic Confidence

The American economy added 313,000 jobs in February, the strongest month since President Trump’s election. The unemployment rate has remained at 4.1%, a 17-year low, for five months in a row. “We saw positive movement in the labor force participation rate, and we would like to see that continue over the coming months,” Secretary Acosta said.


Job Growth

A new report from BLS shows a strong American job market, with a record-high 6.3 million job openings in January, up 645,000 from December. A separate report shows January jobless rates dropped over the year in 337 metropolitan areas.


Apprenticeship Task Force

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta hosted the third meeting of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Secretary Acosta serves as Chairman of the Task Force, and he was joined by Co-Chairs U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The Task Force – representing companies, labor unions, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and public officials – brings to the table substantial workforce development experience in addressing the nation’s skills gap.


In Case You Missed It

Whistleblower Paid

OSHA has ordered JetBlue to reinstate and pay back wages and damages to a flight attendant who was fired for raising safety concerns.

Wages Restored

A Department investigation led to an Alabama security contractor paying nearly $1.2 million in back wages and benefits to 236 employees.

Amputation Citation

OSHA cited an Ohio manufacturer for safety violations after an employee lost part of his thumb while clearing a jammed machine.

Hotel Wages

A Georgia hotel company has paid $73,732 in back wages and damages for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping rules.

Workplace Fatality

OSHA cited a Nebraska egg processing facility after an employee was fatally struck by a dock leveler, a device used to move forklifts.

Trench Collapse

OSHA cited a Colorado concrete company and proposed $90,535 in penalties after a trench collapsed on four employees, injuring one.


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Skills Development

Through an electrical apprenticeship, Josiah gained the skills for an in-demand career and the tools to provide a better future for his family.


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