EJC in the News: How to Create More Jobs for D.C. Residents

If city residents lack life skills, are illiterate or haven’t been trained for existing jobs, no amount of new rules or requirements will help them get jobs. A recent policy brief by DC Appleseed, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the D.C. Employment Justice Center and other nonprofit organizations identified this “skills mismatch” between D.C. residents seeking work and available jobs in calling for a more comprehensive approach to workplace development. Mr. Brown’s proposal was seen as beating to the punch Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who campaigned on a promise of improved job training and who is said to be coming up with his own proposal for strengthening workforce development.

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