U.S. Department of Labor - the best personalized free web-based Email en en U.S. Department of Labor Consumer prices rebounded 0.2 percent in April WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rebounded moderately in April as energy prices climbed back up after a sharp decline in March. The Labor Department says consumer prices rose 0.2 percent after a 0.3 percent drop in March, which was the biggest fall in more than two years. Energy prices rose 1.1 percent after tumbling 3.2 percent the previous month. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 14:52:00 GMT 2017-05-12T14:52:00Z Alex Acosta sworn in as US labor secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The oath-taking came after the Senate's 60-38 confirmation vote Thursday, in which eight Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:00:00Z Google refutes charges, says there is no gender pay gap NEW YORK (AP) — Google said it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly. The company said it conducts "rigorous analyses" that its pay practices are gender-blind and found "no gender pay gap" in 52 major job categories it analyzed last year. Google added that analysts who calculate suggested pay don't have access to employees' gender... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:33:00 GMT 2017-04-11T16:33:00Z US regulators accuse Google of underpaying female workers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. A U.S. Department of Labor official disclosed the agency's allegations during a Friday court hearing in San Francisco. "We found systemic compensation disparities against ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:45:00 GMT 2017-04-08T01:45:00Z Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000 WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market. THE NUMBERS: Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 258,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average ticked up 1,000 to 240,000. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:11:00 GMT 2017-03-23T14:11:00Z Labor nominee says he won't let politics influence hiring WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Labor Department said Wednesday he won't allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions and regrets he let that happen on his watch at the Justice Department. But Alexander Acosta, testifying before the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-03-22T16:35:00Z Congress sends Trump drug test measure for unemployed WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump a measure to expand the number of applicants for jobless benefits who can be drug-tested. The White House has said Trump will sign the measure into law as a cancellation of "unnecessary regulations." Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Congress have complained that under Pr... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:56:00 GMT 2017-03-14T22:56:00Z US jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1973 WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 223,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, fewest in nearly 44 years. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says unemployment claims dropped by 19,000 from 242,000 the previous week to the lowest level since March 1973 when Richard Nixon was president. The four-week average, which is less volatile, fell by 6,250 to 234,250, lowest since... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:55:00 GMT 2017-03-02T13:55:00Z GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it. It's the place 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla came to work a few years ago. By his wife's account Friday he willingly spent long hours on an... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:30:00 GMT 2017-02-25T05:30:00Z Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States. Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder issued a short statement abandoning the effort, sayi... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:38:00 GMT 2017-02-16T01:38:00Z The Latest: House votes to overturn drug testing regulation WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the efforts of Congress to revoke regulations issued in the final months of the Obama administration (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The House has voted 236-189 to overturn a Labor Department rule establishing when states could require drug testing for certain laid-off workers seeking unemployment insurance. ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:41:00 GMT 2017-02-15T22:41:00Z GOP, allies launch defense of Puzder, Trump's Labor pick WASHINGTON (AP) — Rattled by bitter fights over President Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, Republicans and their allies have launched a fresh campaign to defend fast food executive Andrew Puzder's nomination to lead the Labor Department. From a social media push, including the Twitter hashtag #confirmpuzder, to old-fashioned letter-writing to senators, the C... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:51:00 GMT 2017-02-10T23:51:00Z Trump inherits a healthy job market, with solid hiring WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has inherited a healthy-looking job market from his predecessor, with the U.S. economy registering a burst of hiring in January and an influx of Americans looking for work. U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday . That's the biggest gain since September, and it exceeded last ... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-02-04T00:00:00Z US unemployment claims slide by 14,000 to 246,000 WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid fell by 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 246,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 2,250 to 248,000. Overall, 2.06 million Americans are receivi... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:01:00 GMT 2017-02-02T14:01:00Z Trump's choice for labor secretary outsourced jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary outsourced his fast-food company's technology department to the Philippines, a move that contradicts Trump's vow to keep American jobs in the U.S. Trump has blasted, threatened and tried to charm American companies that have so much as contemplated moving jobs overseas, saying he's sticki... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:27:00 GMT 2017-01-27T08:27:00Z Labor secretary nominee's company outsourced jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — The fast-food empire run by President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary outsourced its technology department to the Philippines, a move that runs counter to Trump's mantra to keep jobs in the United States A filing with the Department of Labor and Trump's criticism of outsourcing could be raised at Andrew Puzder's confirmation hear... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-01-26T22:47:00Z Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback' ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's decision not to appoint any Latinos to his Cabinet is drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation's largest minority group. Trump announced former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday as his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, ending hopes that the last... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:42:00 GMT 2017-01-19T23:42:00Z US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, claiming that the technology giant has a "systemic practice" of paying white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. The suit also says that the company favors Asian workers in its recruiting and hiring practices for product de... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-01-18T22:47:00Z Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from US government contracts SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the internet company turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees. The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the Office of Administrative Law Judges. The com... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:09:00 GMT 2017-01-05T02:09:00Z Claims for US unemployment aid slide again WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid slid by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 1,000 to 252,500. Overall, 2.01 million Americans are collecting unemp... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:50:00 GMT 2016-12-08T16:50:00Z