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HIRE DETROIT! to launch Dec. 12

hire-detroit-skylineDetroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) has announced the launch of ‘HIRE DETROIT!’, a multi-tiered partnership between Metro Detroit employers, community- and faith-based organizations, and Detroit-based training and employment agencies.

The goal of HIRE DETROIT! is to reliably track and report all new job placements in the city of Detroit across 2014. The initiative requires the sharing of hiring data between the partners and DESC, which DESC will then use to report aggregate numbers back to the community. HIRE DETROIT! represents the first time an attempt has been made to holistically track hiring data on a city-wide basis.

HIRE DETROIT! challenges Detroit businesses to hire at least one Detroiter in 2014 in an effort to reduce the level of documented jobseekers in the city which currently stands at nearly 18%.

“The official unemployment rate for Detroit is twice the Michigan average,” said DESC President and CEO Pamela Moore “but underlying figures suggest the true rate could be double that figure. There is a significant increase in economic development activity in Detroit, and we need to ensure that Detroiters have their fair share of that opportunity. The HIRE DETROIT! awareness campaign is intended to increase the focus on Detroit’s human capital, which is equally important as venture capital.”

Detroit Employment Solutions, which is launching the campaign December 12 with the participation of the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, is the city’s workforce agency that provides a wide range of job search, training and career advisement services to Detroit jobseekers free of charge. There is also a Business Services team who work with employers across the city to fill vacancies, recruit for new positions and run training programs that can be customized based on the future hiring needs of individual employers.

The launch event on December 12 will be attended by U.S Education Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Attendance is by invitation only. Individuals requiring more information can email hiredetroit@detempsol.org or follow @Hire_Detroit on Twitter.