Labor & Workforce Development

November Unemployment Rate Decreases to 8.1 Percent

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 01:30 pm

LARGEST MONTHLY DECLINE SINCE APRIL 2010


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November is 8.1 percent, which is four tenths of one percentage point lower than the October revised rate. The national unemployment rate for November 2013 was 7.0 percent, down three tenths of one percentage point from October.

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Federal Extensions of Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire at Close of 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013 | 03:23 pm

TENNESSEE’S UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAM CONTINUES TO SUPPORT JOBLESS


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans currently receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end. The federal legislation that extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) expires at the end of 2013 in the absence of congressional action.

TOSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program Sites have A 70 Percent Lower Injury/Illness Rate than the National Industry Average

Friday, December 06, 2013 | 04:26 pm

ONLY 38 WORKSITES ACROSS THE STATE HAVE ACHIEVED VPP STATUS


NASHVILLE – The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) operated by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, is an excellent way for employers to challenge themselves and their employees to achieve a higher standard of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. Data results indicate that the program is having a significant impact on the injury and illness rates at the state’s VPP sites.

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Survey Shows TN Career Centers are Meeting Expectations of Job Seekers and Hiring Employers

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | 11:55 am

MORE THAN 200,000 JOBS OBTAINED THROUGH THE ASSISTANCE OF DEPT OF LABOR JOB CENTERS LAST YEAR


NASHVILLE – In a recent study by the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, both job seekers and employers gave high approval ratings for the job services provided at Tennessee Career Centers administered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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September/October Unemployment Rate 8.4 Percent

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 01:30 pm

TENNESSEE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DELAYED DUE TO FEDERAL SHUTDOWN


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for both September and October is 8.4 percent, which is one tenth of one percentage point lower than the August revised rate. The national unemployment rate for October 2013 was 7.3 percent, up one tenth of one percentage point from September. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides unemployment data to states each month including household and business surveys that contribute toward the monthly calculation. The BLS delayed release of state rate information due to the recent federal shutdown, but normal monthly rate announcements will resume in December.

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GED Test-Retake Policy Eased as Deadline for Passing Current Version Nears

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 12:47 pm

MAJOR CHANGES FOR EARNING HIGH SCHOOL CREDENTIAL BEGIN IN 2014


NASHVILLE – Tennesseans aspiring to pass the current version of the GED® test before the end of 2013 can take advantage of an expanded test-retake policy just announced by the GED Testing Service, according to Labor & Workforce Development Administrator Marva Doremus. The change enables more people to retake the test before the present GED test version expires December 31, 2013.

Tennessee Observes Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 09:03 am

 

STATE REMINDS RIDERS THE IMPORTANCE OF ELEVATOR AND ESCALATOR SAFETY

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed November 10-16, 2013, Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week in Tennessee. The purpose of this week is to increase public awareness of the safe and proper use of elevators, escalators and moving walkways. The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) sponsors Safety Week annually during the second full week of November.

New Hazard Communication Standard Aims to Improve Workplace Chemical Safety

Friday, November 08, 2013 | 04:14 pm

 

TENNESSEE OSHA OFFERS VIDEO TO HELP TRAIN EMPLOYEES ON THE UPDATED STANDARD

NASHVILLE – Tennessee OSHA announces December 1, 2013, as the deadline for all employers in Tennessee and the nation who work with hazardous chemicals to train employees on the changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The new requirements relating to labeling and safety data sheets are being phased in through 2016; however, the first compliance deadline is rapidly approaching.

Labor Department Announces Job Postings via Twitter

Thursday, November 07, 2013 | 04:22 pm

13 LOCAL AREA TWITTER ACCOUNTS FEED DAILY LOCAL OPENINGS TO JOB SEEKERS


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched a network of social media sites dedicated to quickly informing job seekers of local jobs, workshops, and job fairs. In a constant search for new avenues to inform Tennesseans about new job opportunities, the department joins the conversation 140 characters at a time to disseminate new jobs directly and instantly via Twitter.