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By the Numbers: U.S. Economy Adds 206,000 Jobs as Consumer Prices Drop in June

Rising Wages and Historic Small Business Growth Add to Strong American Economy The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices dropped 0.1% in June, with core inflation being the lowest in more than three years. In addition, BLS reported that the U.S. economy added 206,000 jobs in June, exceeding expectations. In total, a record 15.7 million jobs have been created...

Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Hosts Commerce’s National Youth Summit 2.0

On June 18, the Department of Commerce Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, held the National Youth Summit 2.0 in Washington, DC. Secretary Raimondo, Deputy Secretary Graves, Acting Under Secretary Morrissette, and President and CEO of BGCGW Gabrielle Webster led the event with keynote remarks emphasizing the...

Harnessing the Talents of Women in the Growing Trades Workforce

As evidenced by record high jobs and low unemployment, President Biden has placed an important emphasis on creating good quality and high-paying jobs for all Americans. And thanks to funding from the historic CHIPS and Science Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the Inflation Reduction Act, construction jobs are in high demand. To fill these jobs, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo continues...

Department of Commerce Calls for Nominations for the 2024 Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors Program

The Department of Commerce is calling for nominations for the 2024 Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors program. The SEE Ambassadors program recognizes individual Departmental employees for outstanding performance in implementing exceptional projects and/or programs helping the Department meet sustainability, energy and water reduction, clean energy, climate change...

Pride in Progress

In honor of Pride Month, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves joined Commerce employees earlier this month in raising the Progress Pride Flag outside the Commerce Department building. Flown throughout June, the flag celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQI+ community. “Pride Month is a celebration of the courage and contributions of the LGBTQI+ community,” said Secretary...

Childcare Costs, Reduced Work, and Financial Strain: New Estimates for Low-Income Families

According to new survey data from the Federal Reserve’s 2023 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (“SHED”), low-income families are more likely to reduce work to care for young children while high income families are more likely to pay for care. [i] These differing decisions have financial consequences, as families who reduce work are less well off financially than those who are not...

Know the Signs of Heat Illness and Your Heat Risk

How much heat can a person safely endure? It depends. Much less visible and dramatic than hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, heat is considered the silent killer, affecting the lives and health of people across the country. An average of 702 heat-related deaths occur each year in the United States, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Certain groups of...

Commerce's USPTO Announces National Strategy to Empower Innovators and Entrepreneurs from All Communities

New plan to increase diversity and participation in STEM, inventorship, and innovation The Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a new National Strategy for Inclusive Innovation to connect more Americans with resources to spur innovation and entrepreneurship. In conjunction with the agency’s work with the Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI 2 ), the...