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The labor market of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is growing and continues to largely rely on foreign workers. A 2007 law requires CNMI to eventually raise its minimum wage to the federal level ($7.25). About 62% of workers were affected by the 2016 wage hike to $6.55.
The federal minimum wage has not been applied in American Samoa for many years. In 2007, Congress passed legislation to raise the territory's minimum wages, but subsequent legislation delayed or reduced these increases.
What GAO Found Officials in five selected states reported using three main approaches to develop plans for implementing career pathways, sector partnerships, and regional planning strategies under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
What GAO Found Partner countries of free trade agreements (FTA) that GAO selected—the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) and the FTAs with Colombia, Oman, and Peru—have taken steps to implement labor provisions and other initiatives to strengthen labor...
Congress created the H-1B program in 1990 to enable U.S. employers to hire temporary, foreign workers in specialty occupations. The law capped the number of H-1B visas issued per fiscal year at 65,000. Since then, the cap has fluctuated with legislative changes.
Since 2001, Labor has spent nearly $900 million on three workforce employment and training grant initiatives: High Growth Job Training Initiative (High Growth), Community-Based Job Training Initiative (Community Based), and the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED).