Back to Work: Opportunities in robotics, manufacturing, and first-job experiences

What’s happening around the country to help people back onto the path to jobs

Hiring in the U.S. rose in July by 943,000 jobs as the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The increase in payroll numbers is the highest since August of last year.

Leisure and hospitality—a sector severely hard-hit by the pandemic—created 380,000 jobs, while new education posts numbered 261,000.

WorkingNation is always looking at local stories around the nation to see what job and career opportunities are being offered. This week, we found training in robotics, workforce development for at-risk young adults, and first-job programs for high school and college students.

Check it out.

From Kentucky: The Lane Report reports Pratt Paper is building a new mill in Henderson that will create more than 300 jobs over the next five years.

From Michigan: Local 4 News reports a new 14-week program at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills trains students for a career in robotics.

From Puerto Rico: The Weekly Journal reports a medical manufacturing company that makes sterile product bags is expanding operations in San Germán that will result in 150 new jobs.

From the Virgin Islands: A public-private partnership around solar energy is launching initiatives that include focus on workforce development and a diversion program for at-risk young adults.

From West Virginia: WV News reports opportunities are providing high school and college students with valuable internships and first-job experience.

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