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Mission Blog Posts – Unemployment

How the Unemployed Spend Their Days

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For the majority of Americans the largest portion of most days is dedicated to our jobs and careers. Though for the millions of those who are unemployed their days are filled with a variety of vastly different activities, some of which you may find surprising.

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What is Unemployment Insurance?

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The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program provides cash benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

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Change to TANF Will Have Positive and Negative Impact

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One of the many safety nets available to District residents is the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) program. It works on two levels. Providing cash assistance for those in need and providing career development services to help lessen the need.

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Filling the Middle Skills Gap

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As the economy continues to rebound after the recession we are starting to see some signs of hope in the sector most impacted by the downturn: Employment. In December 2014 the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate had declined to 5.6% which is the lowest that it has been since June of 2008.

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2015 Hiring Trends

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The New Year is upon us and that means new corporate budgets. Based on 2014 data, it also means new jobs need to be filled. According to numerous analysts 2014 was the best year for US job growth since 1999! And that trend shows no signs of receding as we charge into 2015.

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Why Helping Someone Secure Employment Requires More than Just a Job

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The barriers to employment often go well beyond a lack of marketable job skills. Goodwill works with social service agencies to help eliminate obstacles.

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Sometimes “No” Just Means “Not Now”

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Job searching can be time consuming and discouraging when you’ve spent countless hours posting resumes and interviewing. Most people would argue that finding a job is a job in and of itself.

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The Misconception of Hiring Homeless People

The Misconception of Hiring Homeless People

On May 14, 2014, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) released its Results and Analysis from the 2014 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the Metropolitan Washington Region.

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The Emotional Fragility of Life is Easily Shattered

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Last week a tragic story unfolded in our nation’s capital that was reported in the Washington Post, Woman, 30, Charged in Mother’s Fatal Stabbing.

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Taking Action on Long Term Unemployment

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Recent statistics from the Department of Labor peg the nationwide unemployment rate at 6.7%. While this has been declining in recent years as the economy slowly recovers, what this number does not reveal is how many of those individuals have been out of work for at least a year.

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