Gray Launches Jobs Initiative
(Washington Post) — D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray kicked off a citywide initiative Thursday that marks a more aggressive approach to matching the city’s 35,000 jobless residents with potential employers. One City, One Hire is modeled after Hire One Atlanta, a program that attracted attention this year when 5,000 unemployed people in the Georgia city were matched with local companies in the first six weeks. Gray (D), who promised to tackle the District’s nearly 11 percent unemployment rate during his mayoral campaign last year, said the jobless rate is more than double the citywide rate in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. “There isn’t a day that I don’t go into Ward 8 and people say, ‘Mr. Gray, Mr. Gray, Mr. Gray, I need a job. I need a job. I need a job,’ ” he said at a news conference at the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.