Back to Work: From cloud certification programs to virtual job fairs

In this The Future of Work Blog: Getting back to work around the country

The jobless claims for the week ending November 21 totaled 778,000, according to the Department of Labor. That figure is higher than the 733,000 expected by economists who were surveyed by Dow Jones. For some perspective, in mid-March, weekly claims were roughly 225,000.

The unemployment rate for November will be released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

WorkingNation is always looking for employment and training opportunities around the country. Here are some recent findings from eight states or territories.

From Arizona: Prescott eNews reports the Arizona Commerce Authority announces an initiative to train and certify 5,000 students for entry-level cloud computing careers by June 2022.

From Colorado: Your Hub reports the Colorado Homebuilding Academy is bringing its construction boot camps to Commerce City.

From Idaho: Post Register reports a $1 million dollar grant will cover the tuition for 30 graduate students at Idaho State University over the next five years.

From Massachusetts: BusinessWest reports Holyoke Community College has developed career-track courses related to occupations in the cannabis industry.

From Missouri: West Plains Daily Quill reports the Missouri Office of Workforce Development is continuing its series of virtual job fairs through the end of the year.

From North Dakota: AJOT reports a new Amazon fulfillment center in Fargo will create 500 jobs next year.

From Puerto Rico: NimB reports Bayer Crop Science Puerto Rico is recruiting talent from the island’s deaf and partially deaf community to fill soy pollinator positions with plans to expand job offerings throughout the season.

From the Virgin Islands: The St. John Source reports a small business owner has established a skills training and entrepreneurship program targeting youth, ages 16 to 21 years old.

November 23: Are you looking for your next job? Here’s a look at what is happening around the country
November 16: Trying to get back in the workforce? States are stepping up to help
November 9: Are you looking for a new job? These states are providing opportunities
October 26: Jobs are local. What’s happening in your state?
October 12: Need a job? States around the country are pushing to get people back into the workforce
October 5: Looking for a new job? These states have opportunities
September 30: Looking for a path to a new job?
September 14: 8 programs addressing the highest unemployment rates in the U.S.
August 31: Need a job? Here are 8 programs that might help
August 24: Seeking work? Here are 8 states trying to get you back on the job
August 17: Unemployed? Here is how 8 more states are trying to get you back to work
August 10: Looking for work? Here are 8 ways 8 states are trying to help

We’ll keep looking, so check back for more stories from around the country.