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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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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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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