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The recent labor market data have been encouraging. Businesses have now added nearly 10 million jobs over 53 straight months of job growth, the longest streak on record. Total job gains have exceeded 200,000 in each of the last six months, the first time that has happened since 1997. And the unemployment rate has fallen rapidly since mid-2013 to reach 6.2 percent in July, 1.1 percentage point less than a year ago.
President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 29, 2014.
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This week, the White House celebrated Women's Equality Day, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday, and President Obama addressed the American Legion, the nation's largest veteran service organization.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
Guest blog post from Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Jay WilliamsSince taking office, President Obama and his
administration have worked to help communities and regions impacted by natural
disasters and major economic challenges respond and rebuild stronger than
This week, on a visit to Colorado, I was
pleased to have the opportunity to announce two Economic
Development Administration investments that support
those efforts in two communities.
In September 2009, the President announced that -- for the first time in history -- White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in May 2014. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 3.89 million -- all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.Read More
As part of President Obama’s effort to achieve smarter and more effective approaches to international regulation, today I am pleased to announce the release of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan. The Forward Plan represents a significant pivot point for our regulatory cooperation relationships with Canada, and outlines new federal agency-level partnership arrangements to help institutionalize the way our regulators work together.
Guest blog post by Deputy Executive Director, SelectUSA Aaron BrickmanNot only is South America the
birthplace of soccer greats and the location of natural wonders, it is also an
important and rapidly growing source of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the
United States. According to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic
Analysis (BEA), more than 85,000 men and women go to work each day at South
American companies operating in the United States.
Cross Post: U.S. Census BureauLabor Day 2014: Sept. 1The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a "working men's holiday" on one day or another.Read More