The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) has launched a new storytelling campaign, Work.Better.Together, to help all Baltimore City residents secure meaningful work and fully contribute to, and benefit from, the local economy. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the initiative draws from the diverse perspectives of employers, job seekers, training providers, city officials and other local leaders to inspire greater collaboration and, ultimately, create a more coordinated, innovative and equitable workforce system.
Concentrated poverty, persistent racial segregation and discriminatory hiring, housing and education practices have all contributed to higher unemployment rates in Baltimore City compared to the rest of Maryland — especially among Black residents, who are nearly four times more likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts. The Work.Better.Together campaign is the latest in a series of efforts that MOED and its partners have been driving to reverse these trends and help city residents access the skill-building opportunities and support needed to secure well-paying jobs.
Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation