'The worst time of my life': The job hunt remains a struggle
Friday, September 16th, 2011
Unemployment rates were up in 26 states and the District of Columbia in August, according to new data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eight states and the District had rates higher than the national average of 9.1 percent. In raw numbers, New York had the biggest drop in employment, followed by Georgia. The District of Columbia came third, with 12,500 people falling into unemployment.
Unemployment in D.C. has consistently been above the national average. And some areas are particularly hard-hit. The District is organized into wards, and two wards had unemployment rates close to 20 percent earlier this year, according to the Brookings Institution.
The Investigative Reporting Workshop interviewed dozens of people looking for work in the District and those who counsel and serve them. As the stories below show, the hunt for work remains a serious challenge for residents of the nation's capital.