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Congress, spooked by summer town halls, tries jobs fairs instead

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In Miami Tuesday, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wrapped up the fourth of five jobs fairs planned this summer in high-unemployment neighborhoods. Some 120 employers participated, including local government, offering about 3,000 job prospects. Previous jobs fairs were held this month in Atlanta, Detroit, and Cleveland. The CBC hosts a jobs fair in Los Angeles on Aug. 31.

“Unemployment in south Florida is no longer a crisis, but an epidemic,” said freshman Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) of Florida in a statement before Miami’s jobs fair on Tuesday. “It’s time to take matters into our own hands and provide real opportunities for people to get back to work.”

Unemployment in Miami-Dade County is 12.5 percent, but black unemployment is 29 percent in Miami's Liberty City and 26 percent in another Miami neighborhood, Little Haiti – and even higher among black men, says an aide to Congresswoman Wilson.

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