D.C. Unemployment Program Reaches 3,000 Hires | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Unemployment Program Reaches 3,000 Hires

Play associated audio
Job seekers turn up in numbers to a job fair in 2011.
Kavitha Cardoza
Job seekers turn up in numbers to a job fair in 2011.

D.C.'s campaign to help unemployed residents find work has hit a new milestone. Mayor Vincent Gray says the One City One Hire program has reached 3,000 hires, and 40 percent of the workers are from Wards 5, 7 and 8, where the District unemployment is at its highest levels.

Gray says the program has been a major success, and he has fielded calls from Baltimore about replicating the program there.

The One City One Hire program offers incentives such as tax breaks and wage reimbursements to companies that hire at least one unemployed District resident. The D.C. jobless rate was 9.8 percent in March, but was as high as 24 percent in Ward 8.

Gray says the goal is eventually reach 10,000 hires.

NPR

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
NPR

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
NPR

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
NPR

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Leave a Comment

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