Employment in DC Archives

Lamborghini will display an Aventador LP 700-4 and a Gallardo LP 560-4 during the event -

PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Automobili Lamborghini America today announced that it will host “Lamborghini Day” at The Excel Institute on Jan. 25th to give automotive students hands-on training about the super-car line of vehicles. The Italian manufacturer of hi-end luxury sports cars Automobili Lamborghini SpA, based in Sant’Agata Bolognese, is part of the family of brands owned by the Volkswagen Group. During the event, Lamborghini will have the 12-cylinder Aventador LP 700-4 and a Gallardo Spyder LP 560-4 on display while they give students an overview of the vehicles with an opportunity for the students to ask questions. Students will also be able to inspect the vehicles’ engines, interiors and exteriors.

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More than a quarter of subsidy programs by U.S. states targeting job creation don’t require verification that recipients meet their goals, according to a group that is critical of the development incentives.

While 90 percent of the initiatives examined get reports on outcomes from recipients, almost a third of those don’t check the results independently, Good Jobs First, a nonprofit organization in Washington, said in a report released today.

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D.C. forum discusses rising poverty, unemployment

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Census Bureau released last week a devastating statistic: nearly half of all Americans are living in poverty or near poverty.

While the finding barely made its way into the media, and has yet to be seriously discussed by any of the 2012 presidential candidates, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have made it their mission to bring poverty back onto the national agenda.

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A newly created workforce czar in DC could bring measurable reductions in unemployment if the czar and supporting workforce development agencies are held accountable to specific goals. Otherwise, the new position will become just another layer of bureaucracy, likely to be cut by a future mayor.

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Always clean and perfectly pressed, Eddie Mrkvicka’s McDonald’s uniform gave him the same sense of pride that a sailor might feel in his dress blues.

The 38-year-old from Marengo more recently was employed at a rehab facility in Woodstock, but like many in the rocky economy of recent years, he lost his job to cutbacks.

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The District of Columbia continues to struggle with unemployment rates above the national average despite more jobs than residents. That has D.C. leaders trying to figure out how to better prepare Washingtonians to compete in the job market. Commentator Martha Ross, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, says the city must work to give students alternative.

Unemployment and economic opportunity in the District are both in the news a lot these days.

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Gary Veney hasn’t had a steady job for about two years now. He takes odd jobs, such as painting or carpentry, whenever he can find them but he’s been looking for something more stable. So he recently stopped by a neighborhood nonprofit for help. He left with five copies of a typed-up resume, an email account and a plan to apply for as many jobs as possible.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get a perfect job, but anything can help in the meantime,” he said.

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DC needs better data to fight unemployment

Mayor Gray has made employment for DC residents a top priority. But without good data, policies are little more than a stab in the dark.

It’s quite surprising how little data DC collects on unemployment. What obstacles do the unemployed face in getting jobs? If the obstacle is a skills mismatch, are there training providers available that teach those skills?

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