New unemployment claims totaled 293,000 for the week ending October 9, according to the Department of Labor. That figure is below what was the predicted 318,000. And it is the first time that initial claims fell below 300,000 since the beginning of the pandemic.

As Americans look to land in the workforce, we are always looking for job and training opportunities around the country. Land, sea, and air. This week, we found some news about the automotive, wind energy, and aerospace sectors.

Take a look at what’s going on in these five states.

From Alabama: WVUA reports Mercedes Benz U.S. International is adding 700 full-time employees for its facility in the town of Vance.

From Iowa: The Gazette reports a nonprofit is using innovative ways to conduct outreach to underserved and at-risk populations to help recruit employees for companies in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

From Minnesota: WCCO reports a nonprofit is offering free training to help people obtain their commercial driver’s licenses.

From Rhode Island: Seatrade Maritime News reports Crowley Maritime Corporation has opened an office to advance the development and operation of offshore wind energy installations, as well as workforce development.

From Utah: Standard-Examiner reports an aerospace company is expanding operations in Ogden that will create up to 100 new jobs over a span of eight years.

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