New jobless claims increased the week ending June 12 to 412,000, according to the Department of Labor, ending six weeks of decreases. The anticipated initial unemployment claims figure had been 360,000.

Meanwhile, a dozen states have reduced or cut enhanced federal unemployment benefits ahead of the September expiration date. Another 13 are following suit in the coming weeks.

WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country are trying to get unemployed people back into the workforce and good careers.

Here is some of what we found this week:

From California: WFMZ reports a partnership between Unitek Learning and the Association of California Nurse Leaders will give ACNL members an opportunity for career advancement.

From Connecticut: Fox 61 reports every school bus company across the state of Connecticut is hiring drivers with commercial driving licenses.

From Hawaii: Star Advertiser reports a career program is offering tuition assistance to residents looking to move into health care, technology and the skilled trades.

From Louisiana: The Advocate reports a Canadian lumber company is building a new mill in Beauregard Parish creating 130 jobs.

From Nevada: Reno Gazette Journal reports a battery recycling company is expanding its operations and expects to grow from 100 employees to more than 600 in the next couple of years.

From North Carolina: The Charlotte Observer reports a German manufacturer is locating its U.S. headquarters in Gaston County creating 31 jobs and setting up apprenticeships in partnership with the local community college.

From Oklahoma: Business Facilities reports Whirlpool is beefing up its Tulsa manufacturing capability with a $15M investment. The expansion means 150 new jobs.

From Tennessee: WJHL reports a regional organization with a focus on DEI will work to build the area’s workforce and boost economic development. The group of community and business leaders are placing efforts in 12 Tennessee and Virginia counties.

Did you miss our previous Back to Work stories? Catch up here.