New weekly unemployment claims have dropped to a pandemic-era low.
For the week ending April 10, the Department of Labor reports new claims totaled 576,000. Much lower than the expected 700,000.
This is the lowest level of new claims since mid-March 2020.
WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country are trying to get unemployed people back into the workforce.
Here is some of what we found this week:
From Alabama: Yellowhammer News reports a partnership between the community college system and industry will train people to operate heavy equipment for statewide infrastructure projects.
From Illinois: Daily Herald reports a community college is giving qualified students a stipend, plus tools to attend its auto tech program.
From Maryland: WMAR reports a virtual job fair being held next month will help high school seniors who want to get into the workforce.
From Mississippi: Mississippi Business Journal reports two state universities are training students to work in the construction industry.
From New Mexico: Area Development reports an Albuquerque solar and energy storage company plans to expand its facility and create 70 new jobs.
From Ohio: The Times Leader reports 44 businesses are participating in an April 29th virtual job fair in Belmont County with a number of jobs available in health care, engineering, and marketing.
From South Carolina: Business Facilities reports Tyson Foods is re-establishing its operations in Richland County, resulting in 330 jobs for the area.
From Washington, D.C.: Technical.ly reports nonprofit GET Cities is launching programming in the nation’s capital to help women gain access to futures in tech.
April 12: Back to Work: Training programs address worker shortages
February 15: Back to Work: Programs are using virtual reality to train workers
February 8: Back to Work: Opportunities in cybersecurity, manufacturing, and transportation
January 25: Back to Work: Opportunities in health care and medical science
January 11: Back to Work: Hiring and training across the country, including in the manufacturing sector
December 28: Back to Work: New jobs programs designed to help members of the military
December 21: Back to Work: Initiatives boost employment in construction, health care, alternative energy
December 14: Back to Work: The path from LPN to registered nurse
December 7: Back to Work: Opportunities include trainings, apprenticeships, and work-based learning
We’ll keep looking, so check back for more stories from around the country.