The number of unemployment claims in the U.S. fell the week ending July 24 to 400,000. That’s a 24,000 drop. The decrease may suggest the coronavirus Delta variant isn’t yet deeply impacting the economy, but economists are waiting to see what effect increases in variant cases has on the workforce.

Meanwhile, around the country, efforts continue to help people find new job opportunities. We are always looking for local solutions. This week, our findings include a partnership to help older people in North Dakota get back into the workforce and free college classes for Vermont residents.

Check it out.

From California: California News Times reports a new training initiative for Orange County residents will help fill openings in much-demanded health care careers.

From Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a new cohort of the free Construction Ready program gets underway August 16 and includes training, credentialing, and job placement.

From North Dakota: The Dickinson Press reports the National Indian Council on Aging is partnering with the federal SCSEP program to provide training to help older people get back into the workforce.

From Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley Live reports a new training program has been launched to help workers – displaced due to the pandemic – in Lehigh and Northampton counties finish degrees or certifications in a number of areas.

From Vermont: WCAX reports two postsecondary schools are offering free college classes through the Upskill Vermont Scholarship program to residents who are seeking new careers.

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