On the first Monday of September, we observe Labor Day to recognize the hard work and dedication of American workers and labor unions. Recognized as a federal holiday since 1894, we celebrate the accomplishments of American workers and how important workers’ rights are for the health and happiness of our nation. In recognition of the American worker, here are some benefit programs that support our workers.
American Job Centers give career support and employment and training opportunities for all Americans. Located across the country, American Job Centers can help you with a variety of challenges during your job search. American Job Centers can help you find training for your current career or even learn new skills to switch careers, as well as help you with your job search.
New to the workforce? Job Corps is an educational and technical training program for youth ages 16-24 who meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eligibility requirements. Helping citizens for over 50 years, Job Corps helps graduates learn skills to help start a career, help with continuing education, or join the military. Job Corps provides technical training in the following job fields:
Through the Job Corps program, young adults can earn a high school diploma equivalent, receive tuition-free housing and medical care, and get career advice and resources. Support does not end with graduation, as graduates of Job Corps can get career counseling and help for up to a year after they graduate.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps workers with low or moderate incomes get a tax break. To qualify for this credit, you must:
If you are interested in learning more, the Internal Revenue Service has an EITC qualification assistant that can help you find out if you are eligible.
If you are unemployed, Unemployment Insurance can provide help as you search for a new job. Requirements varies by state, but generally you must meet the following:
To find your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit the Employment and Career Development category on Benefits.gov and select your state from the drop-down menu. This will quickly show you all programs that are available in your state.