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Virginia's poverty rate falls by 1%

Virginia’s poverty rate fell by 1% in 2017-2018, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of Virginians living in poverty dropped from 11.1% in 2015-16 to 10.1% in 2017-18, and the state’s poverty rate remained below the national rate of 12% for the most recent two-year period. Virginia tied with...

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Lawmakers, advocates gather to fight for paid leave in Virginia

The lack of paid family and medical leave laws in Virginia were the focus of a roundtable discussion in Richmond Friday, held with the aim of passing legislation to give additional rights to employees in the Commonwealth. Hosted by the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Virginia, the conversation featured several lawmakers, including state Sen....

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This week in Virginia jobs news

Today, we’re excited to launch our new weekly round-up highlighting the latest Virginia Jobs news. From Roanoke to Reston, we’ll spotlight the week in hires, layoffs, job postings and all other major employment news in the Commonwealth. Norfolk Southern Corp. furloughed about 130 locomotive shop employees in Roanoke on Tuesday, saying there had been a...

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Trump administration takes $77 million away from Virginia military projects in order to fund his border wall

The Trump administration is taking more than $77 million away from four military projects in Virginia and re-allocating that money to advance the President’s desired border wall, Democratic Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The following projects stand to lose money due to the diversion of funds:...

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Barbers, plumbers and tattoo artists can now get their state licenses digitally

More than 310,000 state-licensed workers in Virginia will now be able to show their credentials on their smartphones.  The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Merit, a California-based digital credentialing firm, to offer digital versions of licenses and credentials for licensed Virginia employees. The decision affects...

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Virginia the worst state for workers, report finds

Virginia is the worst state in the country for workers for the second year in a row, according to a new report from Oxfam, an organization working to end poverty.  In determining its ranking, OxFam studied wage policies, such as minimum wage laws; worker protection policies such as paid sick leave and protections around sexual...

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Grant aims to give women opportunities in the ship repair industry

The ship repair industry is regarded as a male-dominated profession, but a new grant from the U.S. Department of Labor aims to change that in Hampton Roads. The DOL awarded on Wednesday a $500,000 grant to increase opportunities for women in Hampton Roads’ ship repair industry.  The Hampton Roads Workforce Council, which received the grant,...