More American workers than expected filed new jobless claims the week ending December 5. The number came in at 853,000, significantly higher than the 725,000 expected figure, according to the Department of Labor. The latest new unemployment claims total is also higher than the previous week’s claims of 716,000.

WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country are trying to get unemployed people back into the workforce. Here’s some of what we’ve found.

From California: Yahoo! Finance reports UEI is expanding its electrician technician training program in January at three campuses including Huntington Park, Riverside, and Sacramento.

From Georgia: WTVM reports a nonprofit in Columbus is helping job seekers hone their soft skills to make them more valuable to potential employers.

From Kentucky: KFVS reports one workforce initiative will train LPNs to become registered nurses and another will train participants to become water/wastewater systems operation specialists.

From Michigan: FLINTSIDE reports Mott Community College is offering job training in a variety of fields to young people (ages 16-24) starting in January.

From Mississippi: Area Development reports a French communications software company is locating its North American distributions operation to Marshall County, creating 75 jobs.

From South Carolina: Southeast Produce Weekly reports a new residential high school in McCormick will train students to become future leaders in agribusiness, business and education.

From Washington, D.C.: The Washington Informer reports a Capital One initiative is funding nonprofits to advance underserved communities in areas including workforce development.

From West Virginia: WHSV reports the Virgin Hyperloop Certification Center will be built in Tucker and Grant counties, creating 200 jobs. Construction of the center will employ 13,000 workers.

December 7: Back to Work: Opportunities include trainings, apprenticeships, and work-based learning
November 30: Back to Work: From cloud certification programs to virtual job fairs
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.

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