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The District's Longtime Youth Leadership Institute Renamed in Honor of Founder Marion Barry
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The Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) provides onsite consultation services to private-sector employers in the District of Columbia.

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Experienced Employment Specialists can help you find the job you are looking for.

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The Out-of-School Program provides skills workshops, career awareness and work readiness modules, basic education, GED preparation and basic computer training, as well as vocational skills training.  Training is provided in the following areas: Construction Trades, Emergency Medical Technolo

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The Pathways for Young Adults Program is designed to assist out-of-school and out-of-work District residents ages 18-24 by combining occupational training, life skills development and work readiness instructions to connect them back to the world of work successfully.

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A transitional employment program that provides job readiness training to District residents.

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Get started with an unemployment claim.

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What is the unemployment insurance tax rate for a new employer in the District of Columbia?

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To obtain Trade Adjustment Assistance reemployment services and benefits, a group of workers must first file a petition with the US Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) requesting certification as workers adversely affected by foreign trade.

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Learn about filing for unemployment benefits.

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Veterans are entitled to receive a priority in service that includes the following:

Veterans Employment Services
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The Department of Employment Services (DOES) offers veterans a wide variety of job search and training services.  Special veterans' representatives are employed at most American Job Centers, where case managers e

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Information regarding wage laws and requirements.

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Summer Youth Employees

OYP provides skills training, work experience, academic enrichment and life skills training to facilitate the development of work habits and skills that are essential for success.