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Previous Buzz Items: 2015

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview - November 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released its monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    Good News for Veterans!
    Veteran unemployment has remained lower than nonveteran unemployment for 24 consecutive months, and is at its lowest point since November 2007.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson

    We hope you find this information helpful.
    Read the full report.

  • A Pledge to #SaluteVets - Mike Michaud Sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Employment and Training
    Mike Michaud has been sworn in as the assistant secretary of labor for veterans employment and training. A native of Maine, Michaud served in Congress and on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. After taking the oath of office administered by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Michaud pledged to help veterans find good jobs.

    Via: DoL Newsletter

  • Four Interview Tips for Veterans
    With the new year just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to focus on what military veterans need to know about the process of interviewing for jobs. According to 2015 data in The Wall Street Journal, the most recent group of veterans face a higher jobless rate than previous groups, which makes knowing how to nail your interview particularly important.

    Read More: U.S. Veterans Magazine

  • HUD Reports Homelessness Continues to Decline Nationally
    U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. The results are based on HUD’s Point-in-Time (PIT) estimates, which seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January each year.

    HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that there has been an overall 11% decrease and 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Between 2010 and January 2015, veteran homelessness declined 36%, family homelessness declined 19%, and chronic homelessness among individuals declined 22%. The report shows that certain communities are making significant positive progress, while others are struggling in light of the widespread housing affordability crisis, budget shortages, or slow adoption of best practices.

    Read more: HUD Exchange

  • More Services, Jobs for Texas Veterans
    Approximately 800 employers and representatives from the Wage and Hour DivisionOccupational Safety and Health Administration and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs met at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 12 to rally around veterans. Organized with the assistance of the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Alamo, the event connected Texas veterans, transitioning service members and family members with area employers, while Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the need for more services and good jobs for veterans. The department is doing its part to support service members, engaging in new employment initiatives such as Gold Card, a joint effort of the Employment and Training Administration and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.

    Via: DoL in Action

  • Disability employment a national priority
    The workforce achievements of people with disabilities were on full display in Baltimore at Maryland Works’ 8th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy delivered the keynote address on Nov. 12, exploring recent federal efforts to promote integrated employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities, including Employment First and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “A strong national economy requires strong local economies, and an inclusive national workforce requires inclusive local workforces, in which every person who wants to work, does work,” Sheehy told the more than 300 attendees. “That’s why advancing disability employment must be a national priority.” Maryland Works is a statewide membership association that strives to expand employment and business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities.

    Via: DoL in Action

  • An Opportunity to #SaluteVets
    On this Veterans Day, we at the Labor Department say thank you to all of our nation’s veterans and reaffirm our commitment to helping them make the most of their skills and talents in the civilian economy.

    The truth is: we celebrate and salute veterans every day at DOL — because every day, our staff nationwide is helping service members, veterans, their families, and survivors in a variety of ways. We help them prepare for and find work; we help employers better accommodate veterans with disabilities; and much more. We are also stronger because of the more than 3400 veteran employees here at DOL, more than 21 percent of our total workforce. In FY15, more than 32 percent of our new hires were veterans.

    Read More: DoL Blog

  • Find out how the Department of Labor can help Veterans

    Via DoL YouTube Channel

  • Unemployment for veterans at lowest level in 7 years
    The unemployment rate for veterans has dropped to its lowest level in seven years, thanks to an all-hands-on-deck push by government and corporate America to hire veterans.

    According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the jobless rate for veterans — a population of nearly 20 million— dropped to 3.9 percent in October, down from 4.3 percent a month earlier and 4.5 percent a year ago. This is its lowest level in seven years.

    Read More: CNBC

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview - October 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released its monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    Good News for Veterans!
    Veteran unemployment has remained lower than nonveteran unemployment for 23 consecutive months, and is at its lowest point since April 2008.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson at Johnson.dennis.r@dol.gov.  

    We hope you find this information helpful.
    Read the full report.

  • Salute to Veterans
    The department's annual Salute to Veterans, our kick off for Veterans Day activities, focused on disabled veterans in the nation's workforce, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At left, Timothy Kirkendall Jr. of the Paralyzed Veterans of America joins in the Salute prior to keynote remarks by Secretary of Labor Perez. 

    Via DoL Newsletter

  • Connecting Veterans with Jobs, Skills Training
    Driving down veterans’ unemployment by bridging skills gaps, connecting transition service members with employment opportunities and raising awareness of programs and services available through the Veterans Employment and Training Service was the focus of a Chicago roundtable. Led by Teresa W. Gerton, acting assistant secretary for VETS, and Jen Mason, regional representative for the secretary in the Midwest, the Nov. 3 roundtable included participants from private, state, local and federal agencies that serve the needs of veterans in Chicago.

    Read more: DoL in Action

  • Job Training and Opportunities for Veterans
    Service members transitioning to civilian work and military families both face employment challenges. During an Oct. 14 forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Terry Gerton, acting assistant secretary of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, highlighted departmental resources for military families – especially as they prepare for transition – and touched on the employment and training services available through American Job Centers. 

    Read more: DoL in Action

  • How Companies Attract and Keep Veterans - Veterans Initiative Summit
    The department’s ongoing mission to promote the hiring of veterans receives support in the private and public sectors. Recently, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Acting Assistant Secretary Terry Gerton joined First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. John McCain and others in Washington, D.C., for the Veterans Initiative Summit, a two-day event focusing on how companies can attract, retain and promote veterans, thereby improving business operations and supporting communities. During her panel’s discussion, Gerton highlighted low veteran unemployment rates, but also emphasized the importance of working to close the skills gap and reconnecting disconnected veterans in order to keep those rates at their historically low levels.

    Via DoL in Action

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview - September 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released its monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size

    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson.

    Read the full report
    .

  • Funds to Fight Veteran Homelessness -
    Grants to help once-incarcerated veterans return to work, avoid homelessness;
    Department announces $1.5 million to serve more than 650 vets in six states

    WASHINGTON — Supporting the president's goal to eliminate homelessness among U.S. military veterans, the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service today announced the award of $1.5 million in grants to help once-incarcerated veterans considered "at risk" of becoming homeless. In all, seven grants will serve more than 650 formerly incarcerated veterans in six states.

    Read more: DoL News Release

  • NVTI News Flash: Homeless Veteran Webinar 7  Released – Assisting Veterans to Obtain Employment

    The Department of Labor has released the seventh webinar in its Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar #7 focuses on Assisting Veterans to Obtain Employment. We’ll look at techniques and tools clients can use to identify their capabilities and to leverage their personal networks to discover and pursue unadvertised employment opportunities. You can watch the webinar here after completing a brief registration form.

    Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • Veterans' Unemployment Drops to 4.2%
    With 173,000 jobs added to the economy last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August 2015 Employment Situation report showed a decline in the total number of unemployed veterans from 501,000 in July to 449,000 in August. Even more significantly, this is a decrease of 25 percent from the 598,000 unemployed veterans reported in August 2014.

    Read more: DoL Blog

  • The Largest Apprenticeship Investment in U.S. History
    Since Day One, the Obama administration has been focused on building a training and workforce system that serves job seekers and job creators alike. We’re empowering people with the tools to punch their ticket to the middle class, while giving employers a pipeline of skilled workers so they can grow and compete in the 21st-century economy.

    That’s why we’re doubling down on apprenticeship, a tried and true, earn-while-you-learn model. Every business I visit that has an apprenticeship program swears by it. They talk about the incredible return on investment: greater worker productivity, higher retention rates, reduced injuries and improved morale they see from their apprentices.

    Read more: DoL Blog

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview - August 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update has been released. It is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    Veteran Unemployment Continues to Decline
    The total number of unemployed veterans in August 2015 was 449,000, down from 501,000 the previous month.  Even more significant, this is a decrease of 25% from the 598,000 unemployed veterans reported in the August 2014 BLS release.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson.

    Read the full report
    .

  • NVTI Trainer Position Announcement
    The University of Colorado Denver, NVTI Training Solutions, is looking for a trainer to join its team.

    The trainer holding this full-time, University Staff (unclassified) position will instruct and facilitate learning in classroom programs, assist in the revision and creation of courses, and collaborate with colleagues to ensure course participants benefit from exemplary learning experiences.

    This is an experienced facilitator position utilizing audience engagement activities, interactivity, and creative facilitation techniques to enhance the participants learning experience.

    Read the complete job description and apply for the position here.

    Qualified veterans are especially encouraged to apply!

  • Crunching the Numbers: 5 Overlooked Facts About Veterans Employment
    A recent debate over veterans’ employability has made headlines. We still have more work to do to ensure all veterans can secure meaningful civilian employment, but here are five facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that you should know:

    1. The unemployment rate for all veterans is consistently below the unemployment rate for non-veterans. In July of 2015, the veteran unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, compared to the nonveteran unemployment rate (for individuals 18 years and older) of 5.4 percent.

    Read more: DoL Blog

  • NVTI News Flash: Homeless Veteran Webinar 6  Released – Job-Driven Training

    The Department of Labor has released the sixth webinar in its Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar #6 focuses on Registered Apprenticeships, On-the-Job Training arrangements, and other forms of job-driven training that deliver a win for our job-seeking clients, a win for employers who partner with these programs, and a win for workforce development staff. As with all the webinars in this series, the resource page contains valuable links and downloadable tools. You can watch the webinars here after completing a brief registration form. The presentation is approximately 30 minutes in length.

    Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • NVTI News Flash: DVOP Services for Transitioning Service Members

    From USDOL/VETS (August 18th, 2015):
    The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service would like to remind the workforce system of policy changes affecting transitioning service members.  As DoD faces additional drawdowns with fewer resources to provide transition support, DOL’s ability to meet the employment needs of this population will become ever more critical and we want to make sure the field is clear that they are both allowed, and encouraged, to engage these individuals. Below are Veterans Program Letters 07-14 and 08-14. 

    VPL 07-14 - encourages the workforce system to participate in the military’s Capstone activities for transitioning service members. 
    VPL 08-14 - outlines the eligibility of transitioning service members, wounded, ill, and injured service members, and their families for Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist services.

    Questions regarding these policies may be directed to the appropriate State Director for Veterans’ Employment and Training (DVET).

  • Colorado Springs Nonprofit Vows to End Veteran Homelessness
    An organization in NVTI's home state of Colorado is pledging to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year.

    'It's called the Mayors Challenge and advocates say Colorado Springs could join other cities -- like New Orleans and Houston -- in declaring what they call "functional zero" among homeless veterans. 

    "Functional zero says that when someone is homeless, or when someone is in danger of homelessness, that we know where to send them and we know how to [offer] housing and help them get back on their feet,"  Craig Schlattmann, program manager for Homes for All Veterans, says.'

    Read the full article and listen to the interview: Colorado Public Radio

  • OFCCP Posts a New Infographic to help Veterans Determine Their Status under VEVRAA

    OFCCP, in response to requests from the veteran community, developed the new “Am I a Protected Veteran?” infographic. Recent changes to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) regulations require contractors to invite applicants to voluntarily self-identify as protected veterans at both the pre-offer and post-offer phases of the application process. The new infographic is designed to help veterans quickly and easily navigate the “protected veteran” categories to determine their eligibility for coverage under VEVRAA.

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview - July 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update has been released, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    Read the full report
    .

  • Partnering for Veterans at NASWA
    Serving veterans is a group effort: “Partnering for Veterans,” the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ annual veteran service conference, is premised on the idea “that not one agency, not one program, not one office can serve the veteran alone.” During her remarks before 250 attendees in Washington, D.C., on July 22, acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Terry Gerton highlighted public and private partnerships that support pathways to help veterans find good-paying, middle class jobs. Gerton talked about VETS’ plan to help veterans and employers close the skills gap, and she discussed resources that are available through the department’s website.

    Via DoL in Action

  • Homeless Webinar 5 Released: Employer Engagement
    The Department of Labor has released the fifth webinar in its Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar # 5 focuses on opening doors for job-seeking clients by discovering the personnel needs of businesses and connecting them with job seekers with the relevant skills and attitudes. As with all the webinars in this series, the resource page contains valuable links and downloadable tools. You can watch the webinar here after completing a brief registration form. Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • Companies to Veterans: We Want You!
    Charles Lewis knew exactly who he wanted to hire and where to find them.

    The Supreme Cleaning owner is a veteran who's active in local veterans' organizations and found the 20 or so employees for his maintenance company by tapping into those networks. His human resources manager is a disabled veteran who's been with the company for six years. His operations manager is a former captain who's been on board for three years.

    Lewis said they don't require much supervision because of their military background and mission-oriented way of thinking.

    "We've been blessed," he said.

    Read More.
    Montgomery Advertiser

  • VETS Releases USERRA Annual Report
    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which helps reemploy eligible veterans when their military service is completed, became law on Oct. 13, 1994. Recently, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service issued the USERRA Annual Report to Congress. The report reflects VETS’ efforts to expand awareness of USERRA and ensure employers’ strong commitment to those who have served. A collaborative effort among the Departments of Defense, Justice and Labor, the report contains statistics as well as recommendations on ways to strengthen USERRA’s enforceability.

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview, June 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update has been released, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size

    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson.

    Read the full report
    .

    $35 Million in job training grants will help more than 16,000 veterans
    overcome homelessness and secure employment

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced today the award of more than $35 million in grants to provide an estimated 16,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs.

    “In cities like Salt Lake City, Houston and Phoenix, through partnerships and the aggressive delivery of supportive services, we have shown that veteran homelessness is not a reality we have to accept,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has proven time and again that it can be effective in helping veterans overcome obstacles to employment and sustainable housing, and they deserve nothing less.”

    Read More: DOL News Release

    Via: DOL in Action Newsletter

    DOL Champions Veterans' Employment
    To date, more than half-a-million veterans have been hired through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes program. Along with the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, the chamber held its Mission Transition: Creating Employment Opportunities for Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families event in Washington, D.C., on June 24. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joined former President Bush and Laura Bush to talk about efforts to create employment opportunities for veterans. The theme of Perez’s remarks was partnerships – between federal agencies, with state and local government, those that are helping increase apprenticeships, and with private-sector employers who are committing to hiring veterans. “This has indeed been an all-hands-on deck enterprise,” Perez said. “It really demonstrates our nation’s commitment – across the board – to making sure we serve our service members.”

  • Homeless Veteran Webinar 4 Released – Assisting Ex-Offenders
    The Department of Labor has released the fourth webinar in its’ Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar # 4 focuses on assisting homeless clients who are also ex-offenders address the unique challenges they face. You can watch the webinar at here after completing a brief registration form.

    The webinar is about 30 minutes in length. Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • NVTI NEWS FLASH: A Veterans’ Referral Tool Announced
    The Obama Administration is committed to achieving an end to homelessness among our nation’s veterans, and connecting veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to needed services and help them to obtain permanent housing. Achieving this goal requires an ‘all-of-community’ response in which Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, homeless services organizations/Continuums of Care, health care providers, law enforcement, the public workforce investment system, and other community-based organizations work together to identify veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and refer them for assistance that can help them obtain permanent housing. A Veterans' Referral Tool was developed as a guide to help connect Veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to appropriate housing and services. Specifically, this document provides guidance on how to:

    • Identify veterans among others who are experiencing homelessness;
    • Assess whether a veteran is experiencing or at-risk of homelessness;
    • Identify what type of assistance is needed by each veteran experiencing homelessness; and,
    • Refer veterans to appropriate sources for homelessness assistance.

    This Referral Tool is available here.

    Links will also be available on the Department of Labor’s Veterans Priority resource page: https://veterans.workforce3one.org . We would like to thank you for helping us get the word out about this new tool. We would also like to thank you again for all the work you do to help people get the jobs and careers that are so critically important to them, their families, and our country.

    If you have any questions please contact:
    Emmanuel Ekwo
    (202) 693-4733

    Sincerely,

    Amanda Ahlstrand
    Administrator
    Office of Workforce Investment
    Employment and Training Administration

    Emmanuel Ekwo
    Deputy Director, Office of National Programs
    Veterans Employment and Training Service

  • Rudy Moreira is Appointed New Training Manager
    After Terry Hughes' appointment as NVTI's new Executive Director, Rudy Moreira accepted the position of Training Manager. Rudy has been with NVTI for two years as an instructor.

    Previously, Rudy served as the Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator and as a Human Resources Representative at Florida SouthWestern State College. He is also a retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Rudy received his M.Ed. in Adult Education and an MBA from Colorado State University, as well as a B.A. in Business from Keiser University.

  • NVTI News Flash: Monthly Employment Overview, May 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update has been released, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size:
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson.

    Read the full report.

  • Finding Homes for Veterans, One City at a Time

    Showing his commitment to end homelessness among our military veterans, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez hit the road recently with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Matthew Doherty. In Houston on June 1, the group joined Mayor Annise Parker at a rally as she announced that her city had joined Salt Lake City, Phoenix and New Orleans in the fight to end veteran homelessness. Later that day in Arizona, the group listened as veterans in Tucson delivered powerful stories about their difficulties. The trek ended the following day in Las Vegas, where they met with Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other Nevada mayors and elected officials to sign a declaration pledging to end homelessness. During the tour, Cliff Wade, once a homeless veteran in Tucson, said the services he received at the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center turned his life around. The center operates with funds from the department. Wade now works with other homeless veterans, helping them find housing and connecting them with marketable skills and job training. "My story is evidence that our efforts to end veteran homelessness can work," he said. "I'm lucky to have a job changing the lives of veterans like me."

    Via: DoL Newsletter
    Read the blog post

  • NVTI News Flash: Terry Gerton named Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training

    As you may know, Assistant Secretary Keith Kelly has stepped down to return to Montana and enjoy a well-earned retirement.  We at DOL are proud to have had him as a key leader here, and we will miss his integrity and compassion.

    As of yesterday, May 30, 2015, VETS current Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Terry Gerton, has become Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training, until such time as a new Assistant Secretary is nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate.  Terry has been Keith’s close partner in leading VETS for nearly two years and will continue to build on VETS’ strong partnerships at the local, state, and federal levels, with Congress, with employers, and most importantly with America's veterans.

  • Homeless Veteran Webinar 3 Released – Building Partnerships with Service Providers

    The Department of Labor has released the third webinar in its Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans series. Webinar # 3 focuses on collaborating with outside agencies, with a special emphasis on service providers that can assist clients with housing, mental health, or substance use challenges. You can watch the webinar at http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/HomelessVeteransWebinars.htm  after completing a brief registration form.

    The webinar is just over 25 minutes in length. Anyone may view the presentation. Please share the information with your partners.

  • Ending Veteran Homelessness
    The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., on May 28. Deputy Secretary Chris Lu spoke to the attendees about the Department's commitment to ending veterans homelessness, saying: "We not only help homeless veterans prepare for and find jobs, but we also help prevent at-risk veterans from starting a downward spiral towards homelessness. Our employment and training programs help build a ladder to the middle class." The deputy secretary reminded the advocacy groups and community organizations of the importance of integrating their programs with the 2,500 American Job Centers, where veterans receive priority service for services such as counseling and training. The department also provides $38 million in Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants each year, with many of those grants going to organizations present at the conference.

    Learn more about HVRP

    Via: DoL Newsletter

  • Coaching Veterans to Manage Money the Right Way
    Achieving financial security is about more than just finding a job — it's also about making good decisions with the money you earn. In partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the department recently launched the Financial Coaching Initiative. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray traveled to the Arlington Employment Center in Virginia on May 20 to promote the two-year pilot program. Approximately 60 certified financial coaches will be available at organizations around the country, including at 35 American Job Centers, to assist economically vulnerable consumers and recently transitioned veterans in creating and realizing their financial goals. "We will better serve those who've served us by providing them with a credentialed financial coach who has an understanding of the veteran community, military families and the challenges they face. These professionals will provide one-on-one free coaching to help them craft a personalized plan for financial success," said Perez.

    Read more: DoL Blog

  • Resources for Veterans
    At a recent Housing Assistance Council forum in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Service Keith Kelly discussed federal resources available to veterans in rural settings. He also emphasized the value of the vast American Job Centers network around the country and the resources they offer veterans. Kelly also highlighted the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, which helps link unemployed veterans who have experienced homelessness with jobs. Other speakers included Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and California Rep. Sam Farr.

    • Learn About American Job Centers Resources
    • Learn About HVRP

  • NVTI News Flash: VETS Releases Employment Overview for April
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released its monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size

    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson at johnson.dennis.r@dol.gov

    Read More: Download the Report

  • New NVTI Director Announced – Terry Hughes
    NVTI Training Solutions, home of the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) is proud to announce the appointment of Terry Hughes to the position of executive director. Mr. Hughes has been with NVTI for 21 months in the position of training manager. He begins this new position on May 1, 2015. Some of Mr. Hughes qualifications for the position include:

    • Master’s in Adult and Continuing Education; Ph.D. in Extension, Continuing and Adult Education

    • Four years of experience with federal and state grants while at Michigan State University; 21 months of experience while with NVTI

    • Twelve years of experience managing instructors or trainers; eighteen years of experience developing and delivering training and adult education programs

    • 21 months training veteran service providers in the workforce development system; six years assisting Prior Service members of several National Guard units learn about their rights and benefits as veterans

    • Military veteran of U.S. ARMY (Active Duty) 1974-1977, 1983-1986

  • April 21: Help for Women Veterans
    Dr. Nancy Glowacki, Veterans' Employment and Training Service program manager, praised female service members at the National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators' 16th Annual Training Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 21. "Women veterans are strong, and when we do face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, it is our determination and tenacity that often carries us through to the other side." Veteran coordinators are designated contacts that help women veterans when and if they have questions or problems accessing the services and benefits they've earned. The organization seeks to give the nation's women veterans equal access to veterans' services, resolve problems or delays in getting service, and educate veterans about the benefits they have earned. Dr. Glowacki encouraged attendees to forge relationships with VETS personnel in their respective states to help women veterans access the employment resources available through the department.

    Via DOL e-newsletter

  • April 13: Plentiful Resources Exist for Veterans, but Little Coordination
    A new study suggests that plenty of resources are available for veterans struggling in their post-miliary transition. However, there is poor coordination among the programs.

    Produced by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the report advocates for a “collective impact” approach to solving the problem
    .

    Read More: Star Tribune

  • March 18: Bureau of Labor Statistics releases VETS Employment Numbers
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the Department of Labor, released its annual report of employment numbers for veterans. The Report includes breakdowns of employment numbers by state and various other metrics.

    "The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001—a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans—declined by 1.8 percentage points over the year to 7.2 percent in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans, at 5.3 percent, also declined from a year earlier."

    Read More: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)

  • Homeless Veterans Webinar 1 Posted - The Department of Labor has released the first of seven webinars on the subject of Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans.

    You can watch the webinar at http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/HomelessVeteransWebinars.htm  after completing a brief registration form.

  • NVTI Training Open to SWA/AJC Staff - VETS is allowing some seats in NVTI’s primary training courses to state workforce agency and AJC staff to attend:

    Facilitating Veteran Employment (FVE)

    Intensive Services (IS)

    Employer Outreach (EO)

    Leadership for the Integration of Veteran Services (LIVS)

    Veterans Benefits Online (VB)

    VETS has approved these courses for SWA and AJC staff attendance under the NVTI contract, thus participant travel will be arranged and paid for, as well as participant guest charges (hotel guest room, three meals daily during training, Denver airport shuttle).  Of course, no travel is needed for Veterans Benefits Online.

    Interested parties should complete the NVTI training application below, obtain any necessary state approval to attend, and email their app to Cheryl Swears or Anthony Martinez. Applications may also be faxed to NVTI at 303-315-2222.

    NVTI Training Application PDF format or Word doc

    This is an amazing opportunity! Take advantage.

    FYI: SWA and AJC are the staff funded through WIA or Wayner-Peysner funds. 

     

 
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