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One City • One Hire Program Reaches Key Milestone

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One City • One Hire Program Reaches Key Milestone

Program Has Connected 5,200 Previously Unemployed District Residents with Jobs; Mayor Gray Announces 2nd Phase of On-the-Job Training Program and New Mobile App

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that his innovative One City • One Hire program had reached the milestone of helping connect more than 5,000 previously unemployed District residents with jobs.

In addition, Mayor Gray and Department of Employment Services (DOES) Director Lisa María Mallory announced that the District’s On-the-Job Training program will begin its second phase in Fiscal Year 2013. One City • One Hire employer partners can take advantage of this enhanced workforce-development initiative by training candidates for positions they will fill after successful completion of the training program. Employers will be reimbursed for 90 percent of the new employees’ wages while they are in training.

Mayor Gray noted that One City • One Hire had connected nearly 5,200 unemployed District residents with jobs. “We are extremely delighted that we have helped more than 5,000 District residents find jobs during these difficult economic times,” he 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 – Mayor 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.

As of today, nearly 5,200 unemployed District residents have returned to work, and 870 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.

One City • One Hire App to Launch

In addition to the tax credits, wage and training subsidies, and recruitment and pre-screening services that One City • One Hire offers to employer partners, DOES will launch an innovative new One City • One Hire mobile-phone application early in 2013 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 that meet their requirements (for employers) and job listings that match their skills (for job seekers) 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.