New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that jobless claims for the week ending August 15 climbed to 1.1 million. That’s an increase of 135,000 from the week before. Economists polled by Dow Jones had predicted a total of 923,000.

WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country and different states are trying to get unemployed people back in the workforce.

In this The Future of Work post, here are 8 articles that look at programs and initiatives in 8 more states.

From Alaska: Alaska Native News reports the launch of AlaskaJobs, a comprehensive employment system that will modernize access to employment and training opportunities throughout the state.

From Florida: St. Petersburg College News reports the school has received a Duke Energy Florida workforce grant to prepare minority and women students for careers in the energy field.

From Georgia: Associated Press reports a South Korean mattress and furniture maker is investing millions of dollars and creating 800 jobs in Georgia.

From Maine: Mainebiz reports there has been a large spike in workforce training at the state’s community colleges.

From Nebraska: KNEB reports a community college partners with the state to train and re-train workers impacted by COVID-19.

From North Carolina: The News & Observer reports tech training to fill hundreds of job openings.

From Oregon: East Oregonian reports schools receive grants to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce.

From Utah: Deseret News reports a new online tool helps unemployed Utahans connect to training.

#ICYMI: Check out our past posts on what is happening in individual states:

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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