A quality job can change a person, a family, and a whole community. However, Council District 8 is still suffering through a jobs crisis. Right now, the Eighth District has:
- The fewest employed people in the City (105,000),
- The highest rate of unemployment (10%),
- Only 3,000 residents make over $50,000 per year, (the fewest in the City),
- Only 23,000 workers are employed within the Eighth District, and
- African American still have a lower employment rate than they did before the Great Recession.
Even amidst this crisis, there is an opportunity.
New public investments in transportation, infrastructure, schools, and at the airport are creating good-paying, public sector jobs across the region. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles, who reduced jobs and services during the Great Recession, needs to hire workers to restore services and must replace workers who are ready to retire. Councilmember Harris-Dawson is leading the charge to bring jobs to the communities that need them the most. By focusing on well-paying public sector jobs across the City of Los Angeles, we can create a stronger economy in South LA and a responsive City.