Since coming into office, Mayor Bowser has made getting more Washingtonians on pathways to the middle class a top priority, and since 2015, the District’s unemployment rate has dropped 1.6 percentage points and total jobs have risen by 34,100. Programs like LEAP, Career Connections, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP), ASPIRE, and PROJECT 500, have helped residents throughout DC make professional connections, overcome employment barriers, start businesses, and find opportunities.
Since 2015 we:
- Raised the minimum wage to $15 by 2020 and increased the maximum weekly benefit for unemployed residents to $425 per week.
- Expanded the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program to 22-24 year olds.
- Increased the number of DC residents employed by 23,000.
- Launched the Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship program for youth enrolled in MBSYEP who plan to attend college or enroll in a trade school or the military.
- Added more than 30,000 jobs to the District’s economy.
- Launched innovative workforce programs like: DC Career Connections, the Learn, Earn, Advance and Prosper Academy, the Transitional Housing and Employment Program and the DC Infrastructure Academy to connect our residents to employment, faster.
- Stood up the first ever Office of Wage & Hour and collected more than $20 million in back wages for DC workers.
- Levied the first-ever First Source fine in the program’s 34 year history