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Fighting Human Trafficking: The Legacy of the El Monte Sweatshop

Workers at the El Monte sweatshop toiled long hours inside a converted garage and lived in crowded quarters. Photos by Paul Chang. In 1995, federal agents found 72 Thai nationals working in slave-like conditions in El Monte, California. They were recruited from rural villages throughout Thailand through promises of a better life – but after arriving in the United States,

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December 2021 Jobs Report: Strong and Steady

There’s no question about it: @POTUS’ economic plan is delivering a historic recovery. — Secretary Marty Walsh (@SecMartyWalsh) January 7, 2022 Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reportedthe American economy added 199,000 jobs in the month of December, and the unemployment rate was 3.9%, down from 4.2%in November. This marks thefirsttime unemployment has been under4% since the pandemic began,

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Putting ‘Management’ Back Into the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act

For many people, the only thing that comes to mind when they think about the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and the Office of Labor-Management Standards is union reporting requirements. But management is an equally important part of our reporting and disclosure program. There’s a reason management is part of the agency’s and the act’s name. When Congress enacted the

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Coffee and Inclusivity

In October 2021, Secretary Marty Walsh traveled to Rochester Hills, Michigan,to meet with students, small business owners and employers on the future of workforce development. He visited Lava Mountain Coffee, a small coffee shop that centers on inclusivity and accessibility. We caught up with owner Ziad Kassab and asked him to share more about his business. Pictured: Ziad Kassab (top

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6 Ways to Increase Your Financial Wellbeing in the New Year

A new year means a chance for new beginnings. One common resolution is to improve your personal finances – which is great! Perhaps you’re interested in creating and sticking to a budget, saving for something big, paying off a debt, or starting or increasing your saving for retirement. These are all great goals. The Department of Labor has worksheets you

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Our Top Videos of 2021

2021 was a busy year at the U.S. Department of Labor. From introducing a new secretary, to explaining workplace accommodations for workers with long COVID, to breaking down the data from our monthly jobs report, we’ve shared many of these resources and milestones via video. Check out some of our top videos of the year and explore more content on

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Celebrating 35 Years of the National Veterans’ Training Institute

Department of Labor Trivia question: What year was the National Veterans’ Training Institute established? Hints: “Top Gun” was the highest-grossing film, “We Are the World” won four Grammy Awards, and the Chicago Bears won their sole Super Bowl. (Answer: 1986) This month the National Veterans’ Training Institute celebrates 35 years of helping veterans find meaningful employment. We’re reflecting on how NVTI has evolved over the past

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Meeting Workers Where They Are

AsI was sworn in as the 29thSecretary of the U.S. Department of Laborin March,I reflected on what the American dream meansto me. Myparentsare Irish immigrants whoworked hard to support our family. We were ableto join the middle class whenmy father joined the Laborers Union Local 223 in Boston, and in my 20s, I followed his footstepsinto construction and joined the

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