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(Washington, D.C.) The economy has lost 666,000 public sector jobs during the recovery, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“June saw strong job growth and declining unemployment, especially for women. But six years into the recovery, we’re not out of the woods yet—unemployment rates are still higher than they were before the recession began for almost all groups of women and men, labor force participation is the lowest it has been in a generation, and the country has lost more than half a million public sector jobs since June 2009,” said Joan Entmacher, NWLC Vice President for Family Economic Security. “When Congress returns, it must reject spending bills that would cut funding for public services, eliminate jobs, and slow economic growth.”
(Washington, DC) Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule that would extend time and a half overtime pay to millions of workers by updating the current overtime regulations. Under the current rule, overtime protections do not apply to workers in managerial or professional jobs with salaries above $455 per week or $23,660 annually—less than the poverty threshold for a family of four. The salary threshold for the overtime exemption has been increased only once since 1975 and is not tied to inflation. The proposed regulation would raise the threshold to about $50,400 in 2016—a little less than the 1975 level adjusted for inflation.
In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that girls in the Deer Valley Unified School District (AZ), the Wake County (NC) Public Schools, Columbus (OH) City Schools, the Houston Independent School District and the Irvine Unified School District (CA) are underrepresented in athletics programs.
We helped pass landmark health care reform legislation and end insurers’ practices of charging women higher premiums than men, excluding coverage for maternity care and treating domestic violence and Cesarean sections as pre-existing conditions.
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The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first signed into law in 1965 and was most recently reauthorized as No Child Left Behind. The Senate and House have both drafted bills to update the ESEA for the first time since 2002. But civil rights groups across the country are concerned that the needs of disadvantaged students aren’t being addressed.
Today’s release of June’s jobs data shows another month of solid private sector job growth and declining unemployment. Our analysis finds that two-thirds of the 223,000 jobs added last month went to women. Though we’re moving in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods yet.
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