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Grants to affect Vegas jobs

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

A number of new grants will go to support licensing reform for Vegas jobs, among other locations.

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to encourage occupational licensing reform, the Department announced the recipients of $7 million in grants to help states review and streamline their occupational licensing rules.

These investments support selected states’ analysis of relevant licensing criteria, potential portability issues, and whether licensing requirements are overly broad or burdensome.

Importantly, awardees will develop specific plans of action designed to reduce excessive licensing and consider the potential of alternative approaches to licensing that maintain the protection of public health and safety, such as professional certification.

“Excessive licensing can create economic barriers for Americans seeking a job, including veterans and military spouses, and hinder competitiveness for businesses,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Because licensing is based on state law, states must take the lead in reforming the licensing system. These grants provide an opportunity to examine licensing criteria and remove burdens that limit competition and bar entry to employment.”

The Department is awarding grants – ranging from $240,000 to $1 million each – to nine states and two associations of state governments. In addition, the Department awarded $1.5 million to help transitioning service members and veterans meet civilian educational requirements for employment in selected civilian licensed occupations.

Grants go to fund transitioning to Vegas jobs

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

A number of new grants are going towards reentry projects for Vegas jobs, among other locations.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced approximately $84,400,000 in Reentry Project grants awarded to 41 nonprofits and local and state governments. These projects will serve either young adults, between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system, or adults, ages 25 and older, formerly incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system.

These grants give organizations the opportunity to develop methods that maximize participants’ inclusion and integration into society, employment opportunities, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency.

They intend to address the full range of challenges faced by justice-involved individuals transitioning back to the community. The Department awarded these grants to a combination of rural and urban projects located in high-crime, high-poverty communities. Awardees offer a range of services based on current evidence and proven research, as well as promising emerging practices.

Consistent with the President’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in the United States, the Department awarded funding to organizations to create models that offer apprenticeship opportunities as well as increased employment outcomes for eligible participants.

“Individuals, families, communities and our economy as a whole are better off when the transition from the justice system to employment is successful,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “These reentry programs are designed to break the cycle of recidivism by providing assistance toward achieving meaningful employment.”

The intent of the Reentry Projects grant program is to protect community safety by ensuring that participants who successfully exit the program are provided with positive opportunities to engage in employment or education; become productive, responsible, and law-abiding members of society; maintain long-term employment; and establish a stable residence.

Manufacturing jobs in Vegas grow

Friday, July 6th, 2018

New labor projections suggest that manufacturing jobs in Vegas are growing.

According to the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) May 2018 economic report, overall job growth remains near 40,000 jobs per month year-over-year, and job growth was 2.8 percent, well above the national rate of 1.6 percent. The state’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percent to 4.8 percent, the lowest level since October 2007.

“As we move through the second quarter of the year, it is reassuring to see continued positive employment indicators for our state,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “With private employment growth leading the nation and both average wages and full-time employment at record levels, it is clear that we are on the right path. We must be persistent in our workforce development and assistance efforts, however, because that is precisely what will facilitate the Silver State’s ongoing job growth.”

Additional May Economic Report Notes:  Nevada added 37,600 unadjusted jobs over the year, a growth rate of 2.8 percent.

Manufacturing has grown at the fastest rate in 2018 expanding by 17.3 percent year-to-date, with construction’s job gains corresponding to a gain of 7.8 percent.

Employment at small businesses, those with less than 100 employees, reached a new record high at 632,000, with the over-the-year gain recorded at 18,300.

Average Wages are at a new record high at $955 as compared to $924 during the same period last year, an increase of $31, or 3.3 percent, year-over-year.

Full Time Employment in May also saw a new high totaling 1,112,190.

Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped by 0.1 percent, the first decrease in nine months.

May’s initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 9,800, down nearly 200 claims compared to last month.