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It’s Official: Trump Will Nominate Gene Scalia, Son Of Late Justice, For Labor Secretary

The White House formally announced President Donald Trump’s intention to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary Tuesday, over one month after the president floated his plans on Twitter. Scalia is a Labor Department veteran who practices employment law in the Washington offices of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is the son of the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Scalia ...

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Top Labor Official Leaving Following Accusations He Misled White House Staff

A top official in the Department of Labor (DOL) is leaving after the White House investigated allegations he mistreated staff and mislead senior officials. DOL Chief of Staff Nick Geale has earned a reputation among White House staff as a hindrance to President Donald Trump’s deregulatory agenda. Geale is also known as hard to work with, Axios reported Tuesday. “The ...

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Trump’s Labor Department Backtracks On Obama-Era Stance On Gig Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “opinion letter” Monday recognizing a gig business’s workers as contract labor, a favorable sign for other companies built on the gig economy business model. A gig business is a company that uses a tech platform based online or on a smartphone app to connect customers to service providers. A couple of popular examples ...

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Trump’s Labor Department Rewrites Obama Rule On Guaranteed Overtime Pay

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The Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday that would expand guaranteed overtime pay laws over roughly 1.1 million workers. The rule would raise the threshold of overtime pay protection from workers making under $23,660 a year to workers making $35,308 a year, regardless of whether they are paid salary or by the hour, Politico reports. Former President Barack Obama’s administration ...

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Job Growth Accelerates in April

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Job growth accelerated in April, reversing Marches downward move, according to a report from the Department of Labor released Friday. 211,000 new jobs helped the unemployment rate fall to a 10-year low of 4.4%. Jobs Numbers Nonfarm payrolls increased by 211,000 Seasonally adjusted U3 unemployment rate: 4.4% (-.1%) Broader U6 unemployment: 8.6% (-.3%) Number of unemployed persons (27+ weeks): 7.1 ...

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First Trump Administration Jobs Report: 235,000 New Jobs, 4.7% Unemployment

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President Trump has celebrated two blow-out jobs reports out earlier this week and today’s BLS report is no different. The Bureau of Labor statistics employment situation summary report showed that the economy gained 235,000 jobs while analysts had only expected between 190,000 and 220,000. The surprise jump in hiring drops the unemployment rate to 4.7%. The largest job gains came ...

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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Jump More Than Expected

Workers at New Balance

With layoffs at 45-year lows, more Americans filed initial jobless claims than analysts had expected. A Department of Labor report showed that 248,000 Americans filed new unemployment insurance claims – 6,000 more than economists had expected despite the lowest level of layoffs recorded in more than four decades. Higher-than-normal layoffs in Massachusetts were more than offset by reductions in 11 other ...

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Job Numbers: Real or Manipulated?

Did you hear about last month’s surprisingly positive jobs numbers? While an elated Team Obama cheered, the startling jump caused others to speculate how a phone poll managed to extrapolate 800,000 found work when the business survey indicated only 115,000 jobs were created. Were these numbers skewed? Former GE CEO Jack Welch tweeted out: “Unbelievable jobs numbers. These Chicago guys ...

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First Time Unemployment Drops Again… But…

Like many I look forward to seeing the unemployment numbers released by the Department of Labor each Thursday morning. These numbers reflect individual’s initial filing for unemployment benefits. They are not indicative of new jobs. Job growth numbers come out the first Friday of each month (I also watch for this). Dropping first time unemployment numbers coupled with increasing new ...

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8.6% Unemployment is NOT Good News

To read the first paragraph of the Bureau of Labor statistics one might think that the jobs situation in the United States has improved significantly. The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 8.6 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in retail ...

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Joblessness, Jobs Numbers, Unemployment and other Confusing Government Statistics

Even the vice president isn’t sure how or if the tragically high unemployment rates will come down. Remember in April of 2010 when Joe Biden predicted that the American economy would be producing as many as 500,000 new jobs very soon. I’m here to tell you some time in the next couple of months we’re going to be creating between ...

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Jobless Situation Unchanged Since March – Real Analysis on the Unemployment Numbers

Oh the media.  Every outlet has been totally abuzz about the drop in initial jobless claims reported by the Department of Labor today.  It was only a reduction of 3,000 people, but that’s not where they failed to do their homework- the 450,000 number .. is THE SAME as it was back in March and before.  That means that things ...

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