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Job Creation & Job Readiness

The District can, we believe, do a better job in creating jobs and in helping District residents get ready to fill existing and new jobs. According to the figures provided by the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the U.S. Department of Labor, the current number of jobs in the District of Columbia is 730,300. Unemployment rates for D.C. residents vary widely by Ward, from a low of 2.2% in Ward 3 to a high of 21.6% in Ward 8; creating vast discrepancies across the District. Where previously the District had maintained a healthy construction industry, construction has slowed and growth has shifted into professional and business services jobs for which a large number of District residents are unprepared. Today, over 66% of jobs advertised in D.C. require a Bachelor's degree or higher. 

There exists a strong need to connect more employers with local job seekers, as well as to ensure that more D.C. residents qualify for new and existing positions. Historically, job seekers were directed to job training based on the availability of the training program, rather than the need for the skill in the municipality. As the District reorients training to meet requirements for positions and to meet the needs of employers, the FCC is assisting by bringing the expertise and knowledge of its members to the table. To help increase the number of D.C. residents who qualify and receive jobs, the Federal City Council plans to focus on increasing total jobs by supporting the growth of tourism to the District, and by expanding the work of the Workforce Investment Coalition. 

With its rich history, wealth of museums and monuments, and vast array of natural beauty, the District has the potential to be one of the world's great tourist destinations. Unfortunately, the District isn't realizing its potential as a tourist destination. Unlike other cities where the prominent tourism industry promotes itself; here, the federal government doesn't maximize investments to promote the city's attractions.  D.C. ranks seventh out of all U.S. municipalities in dollars spent to attract tourism.

The Workforce Investment Council (WIC) is the vehicle for strategic decisions about how the city invests in workforce development. Members of the WIC include representatives from the private sector, local business representatives, government officials, organized labor, youth community groups, and organizations with workforce investment experience. The WIC is responsible for developing a five-year strategic workforce investment plan for the District.