Back to Work: Opportunities include cosmetics manufacturing, quantum research, and esports

A look at programs and initiatives helping people rejoin the workforce or advance their careers

New weekly jobless claims dropped for the sixth week in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The number of new claims for the week ending June 5 was 376,000. This is the lowest tally since mid-March 2020.

WorkingNation is always sharing stories addressing how different parts of the country are trying to get unemployed people back into the workforce through hiring initiatives, training programs, apprenticeships, and other opportunities.

Here is some of what we found this week:

From Arkansas: Business Facilities reports cosmetics company L’Oréal USA is expanding its North Little Rock operations and adding 45 new jobs to its existing 350 full-time employees.

From Delaware: reports a gaming industry startup is launching a 12-month workforce development program to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in esports.

From Indiana: WBIW reports the state’s launch of an online resource called Cyberseek Indiana that promotes and supports job growth in the cybersecurity industry. The site includes information on available jobs, internships, and training providers.

From Kansas: KWCH reports advanced manufacturer Airxcel is doubling its Wichita workforce to more than 700 employees – with hiring for 100 of those new jobs to begin immediately. The company creates products for the recreation vehicle and specialty HVAC markets.

From Nebraska: Nebraska Today reports the University of Nebraska has received a $20M grant to advance quantum research and education with one focus on “workforce development and STEM education and training, specifically in Native American and rural communities.”

From Nevada: Inside Higher Ed reports the University of Nevada Reno has an agreement with Apple to provide iPads and tech education opportunities to all first-year students.

From Texas: Corridor News reports the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Restaurant Association announced an online portal that provides free online training to prepare workers for restaurant industry jobs.

From Wyoming: Wyoming Business Report reports the Wyoming Innovation Network initiative is collaborating with higher education institutions to develop innovative solutions that will support and enhance residents’ workforce skills.

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