We have some abysmal numbers of unemployed people in some sectors of the economy no matter what the statistics say. Unemployment in the 20-24 year old component of our population is at 9% nationally [see http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat03.htm] even where it’s lower on average. For minorities the rates are much higher. Overall the Washington Area unemployment when including surrounding areas is 3.8% while for the District proper it 6.3%[http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.t01.htm]. Not having an income or productive employment is bad for people’s psychological, civic and spiritual health. I’ve been volunteering with my friends at GABIDDC and other organizations to do something about this. Two of FD Roosevelt’s envisioned rights in his “Second Bill of Rights” were:
There can be no fair and equitable society (equity = a fair society) unless people can use their creativity, be employed at something useful and get compensated for their labors. But these are positive rights; they require institutions, programs, resources and efforts to become reality. My friend Mike Jackson is devoting Herculean efforts to getting workforce training and development programs stood up and supported in the District of Columbia and around the Country. I’ve been doing what I can to support his efforts.
For more on this subject see my blog: [http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2016/03/workforce-training-and-employment.html]
We are providing services to students needing help with access to education and folks needing help with access to workforce opportunities. If you need help with Workforce Training or Education opportunities visit this page: GABIDDC / BSF Financial Aid and Workforce Development. You can call us or fill out a form and we’ll help you.
To help Michael and the rest of us in our work, please donate to GABIDDC