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11-21-12: Hiring Local
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Baltimore’s unemployment rate has lingered stubbornly in the double-digits for most of this year. As of September, the latest breakout available, it stood at 10.2 percent – down just three-tenths percent in a year.
Some U.S. cities have put requirements or incentives in place to get employers to hire more local residents. Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young introduced his own local hiring bill at Monday night’s Council meeting. If passed, it would require certain city contractors to hire city residents.
Sheilah talks with Council President Young about his local hiring initiative.
We also spoke with Robert Lerman, an economics professor at American University and Urban Institute fellow, as well as Tim Bartik at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization.
You can read the Council President's bill here.