D.C.'s Unemployment Rate One of the Nation's Highest | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

D.C.'s Unemployment Rate One of the Nation's Highest

Play associated audio

The DC unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation, and it just got even higher.

The bureau of labor statistics reports a spike in the district's jobless rate from 11.1 to 11.4 percent in the last month. 10-thousand jobs were lost.

Joe Walsh, director of the District's employment services says the number reflects a loss triggered by the end of the Summer Youth Employment Program, and he adds there's a larger systemic problem.

"The other piece is that cities have a higher concentration of poverty than anywhere else in the country, and you have a higher number of people who are more vulnerable to these dramatic downturns in the economy than anyplace else," said Walsh.

John Fenwick has a different take. An unemployed hospital worker, Fenwick says he's witnessed city and federal jobs going to people outside of the district.

"They're not getting first bid for the jobs and they're shutting down government services to bring in these 3rd party administrators and contractors to handle that and they're from out of state, have their own set of employees and what happens is D.C. residents are getting shut out of the job market," Fenwick said.

Although the District's numbers are not as high the 15.3 percent rate in Michigan, it does top the current national average which stands at 9.8 percent.

Elliott Francis reports...

NPR

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.