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D.C Mayor-elect Vince Gray is trying to work with top business leaders to address the District's unemployment rate. Gray gathered about 40 of them Monday to talk about how his administration can get more District residents working.

One of the topics of interest during the meeting was unemployment, which remains a major problem in D.C. In Ward 8, for example, it's estimated that one-in-three residents is out of work.

The roundtable lasted more than three hours, and the discussion focused on two ways, the business leaders say, the city can help companies hire more District residents.

One: Remove some of the red tape that makes D.C.'s regulatory environment hostile to businesses.

And two: Do a better job of educating its residents.

Some of the solutions discussed included better coordination between the District's schools and businesses and a more effective Department of Employment Services.

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