On this day when we celebrate the workforce of Guam, we celebrate you. You are
the backbone of our economy and we praise your outstanding efforts, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditionally we’ve celebrated Labor Day with a picnic full of barbecue, games, and friendly competition. Though we won’t be judging booth decorations this year, we still honor everything you were able to accomplish this past year and are ready to face the challenges our island may experience together.
We must continue to work together during this transitional period. With the help of our governor, we can pull our island into recovery.
We may not all agree on the issues, but that’s OK. We can all agree we want to get Guam back to where it was and now we need to start the work toward that goal.
Through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, I worked closely with the governor to do everything we could to assist tens of thousands of individuals that lost their income. The governor and I continue to look for resolutions for whatever challenges we may continue to face moving forward.
As PUA closes, we have disbursed close to $800 million to a total of 30,795 claimants. My emphasis is now shifting to the American Job Center. We are aggressively pursuing additional federal grants to further assist job seekers with training and employment, and the employers who need them.
Please remember the Guam Department of Labor doesn’t create jobs or have jobs, but we align the unemployed with the right programs and employers.
I recognize there are a lot of people who have not been in the workforce for a while. Please make an effort to come see us and we will do our best to help you transition back into the workforce.
Challenges may arise for some other members of the workforce, especially with the end of PUA. Certain industries will take longer to open up so it may mean taking a job in a different field.
The American Job Center is ready to help. Please call 475-7000 or 475-7001 for more information.
As we continue to rebuild our workforce, we thank you for your continued dedication and your hard work. Today we value each of you, and your individual skills and talents that serve to make this island great.
We hope you have a safe and wonderful time off to acknowledge all you do for our island home. Happy Labor Day from myself and all of us at the Guam Department of Labor.