Sunday, September 6, 2009

Unemployment at 25% in Ward 8 in DC

Ward 8 has challenges — its poverty and unemployment rates, at 36 and 25 percents respectively, are the highest of any of the city’s wards, as is its percentage (34 percent) of residents without a high school diploma, according to the Urban Institute and Washington,D.C. Local Initiatives Support Corporation for 2000, the last year for which numbers were available.
Ward 8 also had the highest number of violent crimes at 22 per 1,000 residents of any D.C. ward in 2007, the last year for which numbers were available, according to the Corporation (the D.C. city-wide average is 14 violent crimes per 1,000 residents).

According to NBC 4, most of the unemployment in ward 8 can be traced to lack of education and a criminal record. This is a troubling issue as people need jobs in order to survive. It is statistically known that more jobs equal less crime. So the question is how do we solve this problem? Its simple, adult education and literacy programs are pertinent to solving this paradox. Second more jobs that help support and grow the community. Most of the time, this issue falls on the government to fix but I believe the community should have a helping hand as well. If we stuck together as a community, I believe the problem wouldn't be as bad. A lot of non profits help with adult education and offer jobs but we need more invested interest. The government cannot solve everything.

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