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August 1, 2014

The national unemployment rate reversed its steady downward direction in July, ticking up slightly to 6.2% with the addition of 209,000 jobs, the Department of Labor reported.

However, a greater number of people entered the labor market last month, a sign that prospects could be improving for discouraged and long-term unemployed workers. July saw 741,000 discouraged workers, down by 247,000 year-over-year. However, the number of long-term unemployed, those employed part-time for economic reasons and the civilian labor force participation rate were little changed in July.

October 14, 2013

The majority of workplace safety investigations ground to a halt beginning Oct. 1, 2013, because of the federal government shutdown of all but essential operations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) furloughed more than 90 percent of its personnel and suspended most of its operations, according to OSHA’s Shutdown Contingency Plan, which was approved by the Department of Labor on Sept. 16.

June 19, 2013

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employers establish a heat-related-illness prevention program that includes advising workers to drink plenty of water and acclimatize to weather conditions and providing them with schedules that alternate between work and rest breaks. 

January 25, 2013

As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor administrator’s interpretation (No. 2013-1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) on Jan. 14, employers can expect more requests from employees seeking protection under the act to care for adult children unable to care for themselves.

January 4, 2013

The Employment Situation Report released Friday morning showed the unemployment rate was unchanged for the month of December, holding steady at 7.8%.

The data from the Department of Labor showed a gain of 155,000 jobs, slightly higher than the consensus forecast.

December 7, 2012

The November unemployment rate released this morning declined from 7.9% to 7.7% as more people stopped looking for work, the Labor Department said. 

The mixed bag of data showed that the U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November -- that's below the average of 151,000 per month since the beginning of this year. 

June 22, 2012

More Department of Labor (DOL) investigators are showing up unannounced at worksites and seeking to conduct immediate wage and hour investigations, according to Alfred Robinson Jr., acting administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division during President George W. Bush’s administration and now an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Washington, D.C.

September 9, 2011

The federal government has begun an in-depth investigation of possible wage infractions in the residential construction industry, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. 

April 4, 2011

The March unemployment rate shaved a tenth of a percentage point, but the March consumer confidence index shaved even more.

The Labor Department's official unemployment rate fell to 8.8% from 8.9%. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence index, however, fell to 63.4 in March, compared with 72.0 in February.

May 4, 2008

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