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D.C. Hiring Initiative Puts Residents to Work, Gray Says

Dorothy Rowley | 8/1/2014, midnight
Mayor Vincent Gray announced recently that his "One City, One Hire" initiative has exceeded its goal of helping 10,000 unemployed ...
Courtesy of the Mayor's office

Mayor Vincent Gray announced recently that his "One City, One Hire" initiative has exceeded its goal of helping 10,000 unemployed District residents find jobs.

Since the initiative's launch in September 2011 when the District's jobless rate exceeded 10 percent, more than 10,000 previously unemployed residents have found jobs.

"I am proud that One City, One Hire has not only reached its goal of helping 10,000 unemployed District residents find work, but [has] exceeded that goal," said Gray, who noted that the initiative has helped reduce unemployment in the District to a nearly 6-year low. "My administration will continue to work to help all District residents who want to work find meaningful employment."

As of July 31, the District's unemployment rate hovered at 7.4 percent — down from 8.5 percent just one year ago, according to a statement from Gray's office.

Overall, while the national jobless rate declined as of June 2014 to 6.1 percent, the District ranks among 34 states this year, that have boasted statistically significant decreases in their number of jobless residents.