Labor officials have been meeting for the past month with business leaders from different sectors to determine how they can partner with colleges and other training programs to get skilled workers. Perez said he sees future job growth being particularly strong in manufacturing, health care and the restaurant industry.
He also praised partnerships between unions and employers that have led to better training and job creation in the culinary sector in Nevada and the health care sector in New York.
Perez has won enthusiastic support from Democrats, unions and labor advocacy organizations. Those groups praised new labor regulations issued this week that require government contractors to set new goals for hiring veterans and disabled workers. Business groups say the regulations on disabled workers clash with current federal disability law and have threatened to challenge the rules in court.
Associated Press writer Erica Werner contributed to this report.
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