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May 29, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Washington region’s jobless rate holds steady at 4.8 percent

As job cuts increase and federal spending decreases, the labor market in D.C., Maryland and Virginia showed some pretty modest growth in April. The jobless rate in the region remains at 4.8 percent, a number that has been consistent since February. A few industries appear enthusiastic about ramping up hiring – particularly small nonprofits and technology. (WaPo, 5/28)

The unemployment rate in the Washington area has hovered at 4.8 percent since February. Meanwhile, the national jobless rate has fallen from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent. While analysts largely attribute the drop in the national unemployment rate to a shrinking labor force, the Washington area labor force has been growing, a sign that perhaps more people here have renewed confidence in the economy and have begun looking for work again.

D.C. Council Approves Tax Cuts, But Not Without Controversy (WAMU, 5/29)

WRAG │ In her monthly column, A Voice From Philanthropy, Tamara addresses the recent end of philanthropic support from a handful of foundations in the region and the hope for a renewed philanthropic leadership. (Daily, 5/29)

– Under D.C.’s current housing code, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs cannot cite landlords for mold violations – which could be problematic for tenants’ health. (WCP, 5/28)

Related: Earlier this month we published What Funders Need to Know: Better Housing Means Better Health, which further examines the link between housing and health. (Daily, 5/5)

Single-family homes are the minority in Montgomery County. But not for long. (GGW, 5/28)

FOOD │ Opinion: In this op-ed piece Michelle Obama continues to make the case for healthier school lunches and excluding white potatoes on the WIC program due to their lack of important nutrients. (NY Times, 5/28)

Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.

– The Foundation Center and Open Society Foundations will host a Twitter chat today from 2- 3pm EDT to continue the national dialogue on black male achievement. The conversation will feature a number of community leaders. Find out more here, and use the hashtag #BelovedBMA to participate.

– This year the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation celebrates 15 years of serving children, youth and families in the city. The Trust will host and/or sponsor a series of signature events to raise awareness in the community, culminating in an anniversary celebration.

PHILANTHROPY │ Foundations Must Rethink Their Ideas of Strategic Giving and Accountability  (Chronicle, 5/18)

Can you spot the difference? I, for one, could not.



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