Maryland Morning
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Mon June 2, 2014

What's Keeping Job Seekers From Finding Work?

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Sheilah Kast speaks with economist Chris Seals, Jason Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force and Clifford White, an ex-offender who has started his own business.

According to the latest jobs report, there are about 81,000 unemployed job seekers in the Baltimore region. A new report analyzes what's keeping the unemployed from finding work. The report comes from the Opportunity Collaborative, a group of governments, agencies, and non-profits developing a regional plan for workforce development, housing, and transportation. Sheilah Kast talks with economist Chris Seals, author of the report, as well as Jason Perkins-Cohen, Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force.

As part of this segment, we also spoke with Clifford White, an ex-offender who had trouble finding a living wage job and has started his own carpet cleaning business.

You can read the Opportunity Collaborative's report on employment barriers here. You can read their previous report on what jobs will be available in the region in the future here.