Back to Work: Here’s a look at some efforts to help people rejoin the labor force

Job and training opportunities are available to provide pathways to employment

U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The increase is sharply lower than the 943,000 jobs gained in July.

Additionally, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2% to 5.2% in August with unemployed people numbering 8.4 million.

Meanwhile, jobless claims for the week ending August 28 dropped to 340,000. The Department of Labor notes, ” This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000.”

We are always on the lookout for job and training opportunities being offered around the country.

On this Labor Day, we share information including manufacturing jobs in an outdoor equipment firm in Wisconsin, an inmate job training program in Virginia, and paid on-the-job training for Virginia college students.

Check it out.

From Arkansas: TB&P reports a new nonprofit is launching programming to help lift people out of poverty in northwest Arkansas with focus on financial literacy and job growth.

From Delaware: Delaware Public Media reports a Delaware prison is training inmates to work as home health aides. The skills will be utilized to help elderly and ill inmates with day-to-day care and then be applied to jobs after release.

From Indiana: WLFI reports the Indiana State Department of Agriculture is encouraging specialty crop growers to apply for funding that includes help with access, education, and training.

From Virginia: InsideNoVa reports collaboration between Northern Virginia Community College, AT&T, and the state labor department will provide IT training and on-the-job experience to college students to address the needs of national-security employers.

From Wisconsin: Spectrum News 1 reports a plastics manufacturer in Oostburg—in the southeastern part of the state—is hiring up to 40 new employees due to a particular demand for kayaks, coolers, and outdoor furniture.

Did you miss our previous Back to Work stories from around the country? Catch up here.