One City * One Hire Reaches Key Milestone

12/14/2012, 2:27 p.m.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's innovative One City * One Hire program has reached a key milestone in connecting more than 5,000 previously unemployed District residents with jobs.

Gray and Lisa Maria Mallory, director of the Department of Employment Services (DOES), also announced recently that the District's On-the-Job Training program will begin its second phase in 2013.

"We are extremely delighted that we have helped more than 5,000 District residents find jobs during these difficult economic times," Gray said. "But I will not be fully satisfied until all those who want a job not only find one, but also are adequately trained and qualified to obtain and retain the jobs of the future."

In September 2011, with the District's unemployment rate hovering just over 11 percent - the highest in nearly three decades - Gray and DOES launched One City * One Hire to serve as a catalyst to meet his goal of putting unemployed District residents in all parts of the city back to work.

Currently, more than 800 businesses throughout the Washington metropolitan area have become One City * One Hire partners. In addition, the District's current unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is at its lowest level since January 2009.

DOES will launch maOne City * One Hire mobile-phone application early next year for both employers and job seekers to register for the program at the touch of their fingertips. Through the app, employers and job seekers will eventually be able to register for One City * One Hire events as well as have qualified candidates who meet employer requirements and job listings that match job applicants' skills sent directly to their phones.

"The One City * One Hire mobile app is an innovative concept that allows for easier job-seeker matching with employers. We are also proud to be leaders in this area as jurisdictions around the country seek to find more innovative and easier ways to strengthen employment offerings," said Mallory. "As we continue in our efforts to find ways to improve the services that DOES offers District residents, new technologies will allow us to better serve our customers and remain on the cutting edge."

The app will initially be available for iPhone, but a version for phones with Android operating systems will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Source: Office of the D.C. Mayor