Labor Department Reports Over 1.8 Million on Unemployment 

Claims went up 13.1 percent over the previous week.  The Labor Department reported that the number of people in the U.S. who are receiving unemployment benefits rose last…

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FTC Acts Against Telemarketing Scheme

“The Sales Mentor” misled consumers with deceptive practices and false earnings claims. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained proposed orders against the operators of “The Sales Mentor”…

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State Department Announces Passport Processing Returns to Normal

The 6-8 weeks timeline for routine service has been reattained after pandemic backlogs. The State Department announced that passport processing times have returned to their normal 6-8 week…

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Labor Department Awards Funding to Ohio for Employment and Training

The disaster relief is to support communities impacted by opioid use, addiction, and overdose. The U.S. Department of Labor announced the third incremental award, of over $2.8 million,…

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USDA Partners with AFA to Cultivate Future Agricultural Leaders

The goal is to prepare young people for careers in agriculture in the federal sector. Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed a Memorandum…

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White House Economic Advisor Says Sale of U.S. Steel Deserves Scrutiny

Bipartisan legislators voiced opposition and concerns over the sale to a Japanese company. Senators John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and J.D. Vance of Ohio called on the Committee on…

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Federal Reserve Expects to Cut Rates in New Year

Central bank officials kept the current rate steady in the final meeting of 2023. The Federal Reserve concluded its final quarterly meeting this month, holding interest rates steady…

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Legislation Introduced Extending Pell Grants to Short-Term Workforce Programs

House bill would allow students to use grants for training in the trades. A bipartisan group of representatives in the House recently introduced legislation that would allow students…

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DOE Invests in Expansion of Energy Workforce Training

17 assessment centers and 10 training centers were selected to receive funding. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced this month that it will distribute $40.8 million to 17…

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Labor Department Orders Backpay from Plaza Azteca

The owner of more than 40 locations in the Mexican restaurant chain paid workers less than minimum wage. The Department of Labor found that more than 40 Plaza…

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