As we observe this Labor Day, it's important to remember that hard work and hard-working people have made our country great – and will keep our great city moving forward together.
On this Labor Day, I want to offer my deepest thanks to the thousands of hard-working employees of the District of Columbia government who strive every day to ensure that our streets are clean, our neighborhoods are safe, our children are educated and our city runs smoothly. Some of the hardest-working people I know are faithful District employees.
This was particularly evident in the last two weeks, as our area experienced a hurricane and an earthquake -- and the District came through by working together in a spirit of common purpose. Thank you, District government employees, for your work to ensure the safety and welfare of all residents, visitors and workers in our city.
Labor Day is not only a time to relax, but it is also a time to remember those who are without work or are underemployed. We must do everything in our power to ensure that District residents who want to earn an honest day’s work are able to do so. Our unemployment rate in DC remains high – and it is unconscionably high in many of the District’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
My administration will continue working to bring good jobs into the District of Columbia, and to make sure our residents have the skills they need to get these jobs and the many other good jobs that are already here.
Vincent C. Gray,