Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

A US company is accused of illegally hiring children to clean meat processing plants

Feb. 21, 2024 17:20 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. authorities have accused another sanitation company of illegally hiring at least two dozen children to clean dangerous meat processing facilities, the latest example of the illegal child labor that officials say is increasingly common. The Labor...

Tennessee free-market group sues over federal rule that tightens worker classification standards

Feb. 21, 2024 14:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee free-market nonprofit group on Wednesday joined the ranks of organizations challenging a new Biden administration labor rule that changes the criteria for classifying workers as independent contractors or employees. The Beacon Center of Tennessee...

US applications for jobless benefits fall as labor market continues to show resilience

Feb. 15, 2024 08:58 AM EST

Fewer Americans filed for jobless claims last week as the labor market continues to show resilience in the face of elevated interest rates intended to cool economic growth in the U.S. Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 212,000 for the week ending Feb. 10, the...

US applications for unemployment benefits fall again despite recent layoff announcements

Feb. 08, 2024 17:30 PM EST

The number of Americans filing for jobless claims fell last week despite more layoff announcements from high-profile companies recently. Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to 218,000 for the week ending Feb. 3, the Labor Department reported Thursday. ...

A Mississippi poultry plant is being sued by a woman whose 16-year-old son died working there

Feb. 06, 2024 20:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a 16-year-old who died in a workplace accident at a Mississippi poultry factory is suing the companies that hired and employed him, accusing them of failing to follow safety standards that could have prevented his death. In court papers filed at...

Kansas is poised to expand tax credit for helping disabled workers after debate over low pay

Feb. 02, 2024 14:01 PM EST

Kansas is poised to expand an income tax credit for goods and services purchased from companies and nonprofits employing disabled workers, a year after a debate over how much the state should buck a national trend against paying those workers below the minimum wage. A bill approved...

US worker paycheck growth slowed late last year, pointing to cooling in a very strong job market

Jan. 31, 2024 10:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pay and benefits for America’s workers grew in the final three months of last year at the slowest pace in two and a half years, a trend that could affect the Federal Reserve's decision about when to begin cutting interest rates. Compensation as measured by the...

This Week: consumer confidence, job openings, employment gains

Jan. 29, 2024 03:12 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week. Confidence checkup The Conference Board delivers its latest monthly snapshot of U.S. consumer confidence on Tuesday. Economists expect that Americans' confidence gained...

US applications for jobless benefits rise, but layoffs remain at historically low levels

Jan. 25, 2024 08:52 AM EST

More Americans filed jobless benefits last week but layoffs remain at historically low levels despite elevated interest rates and a flurry of job cuts in the media and technology sectors. Applications for unemployment benefits rose to 214,000 for the week ending Jan. 20, an increase...

Job gains and free-spending shoppers lifted Wall Street in 2023, but new data tells another story

Jan. 18, 2024 08:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Job gains and raises helped power solid economic growth in the U.S. last year, but what if those gains were a mirage? Gross domestic product jumped 4.9% during the third quarter on an annualized basis and economists expect an initial reading of 1% growth during the...