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Labor Secretary Perez on how to produce better-paying jobs
Labor Secretary Perez on how to produce better-paying jobs

At the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce this week, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez kicked off a cross-country, pre-Labor Day tour to champion higher minimum wages, higher-wage jobs and other causes in talks with employers, workers and local leaders. Perez told the chamber audience at a luncheon Monday that the nation faced two major challenges -- a stagnation in wage growth and the increase in long-term unemployed workers. He also noted the decline in the unemployment rate and improving prospects for skilled manufacturing. Before taking his post a year ago, Perez was the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, where he led investigations...

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