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Unemployment Survey

The DC Workforce Investment Council (WIC), in partnership with the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Education (DME), surveyed unemployed individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020. The goal of the survey was to collect information to inform the development of programs and initiatives to support the recovery of the District’s workforce following the pandemic. Through the survey, the WIC collected demographic data; information regarding barriers impacting residents’ ability to reenter the workforce; and information about supports that would enable individuals to return to work.

The survey, open to the public, was disseminated through email to DOES DC Network users (including those receiving unemployment insurance compensation), through the WIC’s website and social media, and by partners of the American Job Center. Respondents completed the survey online using computers or mobile devises.  Responses were collected from residents in each of the District’s eight wards, including those between the ages 18-80 years. The survey was comprised of 27 questions and was available in 7 different languages including Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese. A total of 3,180 responses were received. Responses were received in all languages.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education has produced an Edsight that summarizes key findings from the survey. The insights gained from this survey have informed—and will continue to inform—investments in the workforce system that support an equitable and inclusive recovery in the years ahead.