Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

US economy defies threats with a solid job gain for October

Nov. 1, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A solid October jobs report on Friday spotlighted the surprising durability of the U.S. economy in the face of persistent trade conflicts and a global slowdown. The economy managed to add 128,000 jobs last month even though tens of thousands of workers were temporarily counted as...

Sysco agrees to settle gender discrimination allegations

Nov. 1, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Four companies within Sysco Corporation have agreed to pay more than $180,000 to settle claims of gender discrimination on the East Coast. Citing a news release, the Salisbury Daily Times reports the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday over 200 female applicants experienced...

US worker annual compensation rose 2.8% in third quarter

Oct. 31, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Annual wages and benefits for U.S. workers continued to rise at a modest pace in the third quarter, even as unemployment stays near a half-century low. The Labor Department said Thursday that growth in pay and benefits for all U.S. workers rose 2.8% in the July-September quarter, compared...

Trump appoints California state senator to federal post

Oct. 30, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in California says he will resign to accept a job with the U.S. Department of Labor. Sen. Jeff Stone announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump has appointed him to be the department's western regional director. He will resign from the state Senate...

Labor Department fines Alabama company $30K for fall hazards

Oct. 30, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says it's fined a construction company approximately $32,000 for not properly protecting against falls at an Alabama work site. Al.com reports the labor department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Montgomery-based contractor Diaz...

Global markets dip as week of earnings, reports heats up

Oct. 29, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Europe turned lower on Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia, where Chinese benchmarks declined after Hong Kong's leader warned political protests may push the territory into recession. Wall Street appeared headed for declines at the open, a day after the benchmark S&P 500 hit...

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 hits all-time high

Oct. 29, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia and Chinese benchmarks fell Tuesday after the S&P 500 index closed at an all-time high. The rally Monday came at the beginning of a busy week of corporate earnings and economic reports and with investors expecting another interest rate cut by the Federal...

Attorney: Blackjewel miners to receive back pay this week

Oct. 24, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Coal miners who blocked train tracks in Kentucky demanding to get paid for the coal they mined will benefit from a federal deal with the bankrupt company. Agreements filed in U.S. District Court this week will pay out nearly $5.5 million in back pay to miners from Blackjewel LLC's...

Intel to pay $5M to settle pay discrimination allegations

Oct. 15, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Labor Department says it has reached a $5 million settlement with chip maker Intel Corp. over allegations of pay discrimination against its female, African American and Hispanic employees. As part of the agreement, Intel will pay $3.5 million in back wages and interest. It is also...

Report: New Mexico construction job boom driven by oil, gas

Oct. 12, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A surge in construction jobs continues in New Mexico thanks in large part to the oil and gas boom in the southeastern corner of the state. A new report by the Associated General Contractors of America found that New Mexico added 4,300 construction jobs in a one-year period starting in...