Community Development Digest

Workforce Development

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Employment Picture: Number of Job Openings Increased in June

Employment Picture: Number of Job Openings Increased in June

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Labor Market ‘Jobs Gap’ is Closing But Not For Everyone

Based on data from the latest employment report, The Hamilton Project’s analysts report that the national jobs gap relative to November 2007 has closed. This means that nearly a full decade after the start of the recession, employment has returned to its demographically adjusted pre-recession level. However, this does not mean that all harm to the labor market resulting from the Great Recession has dissipated, or that the economy is at full employment.

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Lowest July Veteran Unemployment Rate Since 2001

The veteran unemployment rate for July 2017 was 3.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent last July, and the lowest July rate since 2001 (not seasonally adjusted, 20 years and over).

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Actions Needed to Improve Education, Training of U.S. Workers

Evidence suggests that as a nation, the United States is not adequately developing and sustaining a workforce with the skills needed to compete in the 21st century.

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EARN Promotes Disability Employment Strategies

This resource provides practical guidance for small businesses on how to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. It also describes approaches business associations -- including but not limited to local chambers of commerce and business leadership networks -- can use to educate their members on the issue and raise awareness in their communities.

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Home Health Care Co-ops Good Starting Point for Millennials

“Young people are looking for very tangible pathways forward, and that’s something I think the home care cooperative sector is better prepared to offer than most industries,” Thomas Showalter, director of the National Youth Employment Coalition told attendees at the recently concluded Home Care Cooperatives Conference in Dulles, VA. The event was organized by the Cooperative Development Foundation.

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Assumptions About Old and Young Workers Found Often Wrong

The survey of more than 10,000 people ages 24 to 80 showed far fewer differences between age groups than traditional stereotypes. The researchers say it might be because people are living longer and working longer – and differently.

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Feds Kick Off National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, earlier this past week hosted a celebration -- "#InclusionWorks: Mentoring to and through Employment" -- to kick off National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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U.S. Sees 75 Weeks of Unemployment Insurance Claims Below 300K

The number of workers filing initial claims for Unemployment Insurance (UI) has been below 300,000 for 75 straight weeks -- a streak that now surpasses the 74-week streak that ended in December 1973.

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WIOA Implementation: Perez Urges Policy Conversation to Continue

With federal agencies now implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act final rules, Labor Secretary Tom Perez encourages advocates to join the conversation around the new law to make sure it works for all job-seekers, workers and employers as the departments implement the final rules.

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