Labor & Workforce Development

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.

Nashville Career Centers Relocating to 665 Mainstream Drive

Friday, October 11, 2013 | 10:13 am

NEW OFFICE WILL COMBINE ALL CURRENT SERVICES AT ONE LOCATION


NASHVILLE – The TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development is consolidating two offices that provide employment assistance to the Nashville area at one location.


Beginning Monday, October 21, 2013, employment and training services of the two offices will be offered at the new Nashville Career Center, 665 Mainstream Drive – formerly the Piedmont Gas building – in MetroCenter.  The move merges offices and services previously available at 3763 Nolensville Road and 2200 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Staff from those offices will be working at the new Nashville Career Center.

Knoxville Career Center Relocating to Middlebrook Pike

Friday, October 04, 2013 | 01:30 pm

NEW OFFICE WILL OFFER ALL CURRENT SERVICES
 

NASHVILLE – The TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development is relocating its Career Center services currently at 1610 University Avenue in Knoxville to 2700 Middlebrook Pike.

The new office at 2700 Middlebrook Pike will be open for business at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 15. The University Avenue Career Center will be closed Friday, October 11, and Monday, October 14. The Resource Center, normally open on Saturday mornings, will be closed on Saturday, October 12.

Federal Law Requires Reduction to Federal Unemployment Benefits

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 | 04:20 pm

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE NOT AFFECTED


NASHVILLE – The Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as “sequestration,” requires budget reductions to many federal programs, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. To meet the federal requirement for sequestration for fiscal year 2014, Tennessee must reduce all federal EUC benefits paid on or after October 5, 2013, by 4.4 percent.