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One City • One Hire Exceeds Goal of Hiring 10,000 Unemployed District Residents

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One City • One Hire Exceeds Goal of Hiring 10,000 Unemployed District Residents

Mayor’s 2014 Citywide Hiring Fair to Add to These Numbers

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that his One City • One Hire initiative has exceeded its goal of helping 10,000 unemployed District residents find jobs. To date, 10,162 unemployed District residents have found employment through One City • One Hire, which Mayor Gray launched in September 2011 when the District’s unemployment rate was at an all-time high of 11.1 percent. The initiative was an important catalyst of the Mayor’s pledge to help get all unemployed District residents—in all wards —back to work. The announcement was made this morning as part of Mayor Gray’s bi-weekly press briefing at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in conjunction with his Citywide Hiring Fair. 

The District’s latest unemployment rate now stands at 7.4 percent down from 8.5 percent just one year ago. It is now the lowest it has been since October 2008, with One City • One Hire helping to reduce unemployment throughout the District. 

“I am proud that One City • One Hire has not only reached its goal of helping 10,000 unemployed District residents find work, but we have exceeded that goal. One City • One Hire has helped to reduce unemployment in the District of Columbia to an almost six-year low,” said Mayor Gray. “My administration will continue to work to help all District residents who want to work find meaningful employment. The 2014 Citywide Hiring Fair will assist in these ongoing efforts to put residents back to work and continue to drive down unemployment in the District.” 

Nearly 1,200 employers throughout the Washington Metropolitan area have joined the One City • One Hire initiative to hire more than 10,000 unemployed District residents. Over two dozen District government agencies and 100 employer-partners were expected to participate in the Citywide Hiring Fair to help increase those numbers. More than 7,500 District residents pre-registered for the job fair to connect face-to-face with employers who are hiring, find out about current and upcoming job vacancies, and apply on-the-spot for open positions. In addition to remarks from Mayor Gray and a several employer partners, job fair participants heard stories of hope, success, and perseverance from District residents who have received jobs through One City • One Hire.