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Mayor Brandon Scott and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) today announced plans to expand the city’s workforce development effort by inviting nonprofits to join the program.

The Community Job Hubs Network, run by MOED, seeks to connect Baltimore residents with meaningful employment. 

Organizations that join the network are assigned a trained employment specialist who works at the organization for free. The specialist helps job seekers who visit the organization find employment, prepare job applications, and access other support services. 

Current community partners include My Brother’s Keeper, GEDCO, and Bon Secours. 

The network has helped nearly 8,000 Baltimoreans find employment since 2012. 

“By expanding the Network, we will strengthen Baltimore’s economy — delivering essential job training and employment services to residents and communities who need them the most,” Mayor Scott said in a statement. 

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Baltimore City is 11.3%, compared to 8.2% in the entire Baltimore area.  

Getting Baltimoreans back to work is one of Scott’s top priorities. 

Nonprofits interested in joining the Community Job Hubs Network should request a questionnaire from and return it by Oct. 29.