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The Employment Situation in June

July 08, 2016

The economy added 287,000 jobs in June, a bounce-back from May’s low number and a clear indication that the economy continues to make solid progress. U.S. businesses have now added 14.8 million jobs since private-sector job growth turned positive in early 2010. So far in 2016, job growth has averaged a solid 172,000 jobs a month, well above the pace needed to maintain a low and stable unemployment rate. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate ticked up in June, while part-time employment for economic reasons as a share of the labor force saw its largest one-month drop since 2010.

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President Obama on the Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 07, 2016

Update: This evening, President Obama delivered a statement on the fatal shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Watch below:

Today, President Obama posted the following message on Facebook:

"All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss.

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New Scheduled Service to Havana Getting Ready to Take Off

July 07, 2016

Ed. note: This was cross-posted from the Department of Transportation's Fast Lane blog. You can view the original post here. 

Today, DOT is taking another step toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage with Cuba by restoring scheduled air service to the nation’s capital and largest city.

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On the Ground: Economic Development Administration Meets Communities Where They Are

July 07, 2016

Partnerships are key at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), where our merit-based and competitive grant investments help to fuel economic ecosystems for job creation in communities across the country.
Guided by the basic principle that communities must be empowered to develop and implement their own economic development and revitalization strategies, EDA works directly with local leaders and economic development officials to make grant investments that are well-defined, timely, and linked to a long-term, sustainable economic development strategy.

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Are You Keeping Up with Your Business Cybersecurity Needs?

July 07, 2016

The increased connectivity provided by the internet has vastly changed the way we do business. But while most of the effects are for the better — ease of information exchange, ecommerce...

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Congress Passed the Global Food Security Act. Here's Why That's Historic

July 06, 2016

Today, Congress took an historic step by passing the Global Food Security Act, an important piece of bipartisan legislation that reaffirms the United States’ commitment to ending global hunger, poverty and child malnutrition. 

As National Security Advisor, I’ve always considered food security to be not only a security imperative but also a moral imperative. And as the wealthiest nation on Earth, I believe the United States also has a moral obligation to lead the fight against global hunger and malnutrition and to partner with others to do so.

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Letters to the President: Reflections on Growing Up as Muslim Americans

July 06, 2016

President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the East Room of the White House, June 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, Muslims in America and around the world are breaking fast and celebrating the end of Ramadan with family and friends. President Obama offered the following statement: 

Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe.

 

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An Update On Our Mission in Afghanistan

July 06, 2016

Today, President Obama provided an update on our mission in Afghanistan, announcing that the U.S. will maintain approximately 8,400 troops there through the end of his Administration.

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Chart of the Week: How Automation May Impact the Way We Work

July 05, 2016

This week, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough moderated a Facebook Live conversation between transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase and software futurist Martin Ford about automation, robots, and how they impact the way we work and live. In their conversation, they talked about the fact that the less you make in hourly wages, the more likely it is that your job will be replaced by automation. 

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When to Hire a Copywriter and How to Work With One

July 05, 2016

Does your small business need a copywriter? Many small business owners try to save money by writing copy for their marketing materials, websites and ads themselves. However, unless you have...

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