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Curious about what it takes to get low-wage workers access to high paying jobs? So are we.

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JOTF works to eliminate educational and employment barriers for low-wage workers by transforming the systems and policies that create and perpetuate those barriers.

Our Mission

About Job Opportunities Task Force

The road to meaningful employment is fraught with obstacles. When one seems to be conquered, another appears in its place. This is the incessant struggle for the low-wage workers in our communities.

Each day, JOTF works relentlessly to eliminate those obstacles to meaningful and stable employment through educational opportunities and effective policy reform and systems change. By doing so, we’re able to consistently help low-wage workers advance to high-paying jobs and create paths for workers from every possible background to thrive and prosper.

Policy & Advocacy

JOTF is a leading voice on workforce issues in Maryland, supporting a wide range of public policy initiatives and budget decisions, including increased investment in adult education and training, expanding the Earned Income Credit, reducing barriers to work for individuals with criminal justice involvement, and unemployment insurance reform.

Our Programs

JOTF designs programs that create career pathways for low-wage workers. Our programs help Marylanders reach higher-wage jobs in industries that need more skilled workers. We designed the BetterU Construction Training in the building trades, which helps participants become licensed electricians, plumbers, or carpenters. The BetterU Construction Training is dedicated to training 60 low-wage residents for the 2022-2023 academic year for careers that can pay more than $24.00 per hour.

Research & Reports

JOTF conducts research to inform policymakers and the public, and to encourage the development of local programs based on best practices. Our research explores the impact of specific state and local policies on the workforce, and provides timely recommendations on how these policies can better serve Maryland's workers, families, employers, and the economy.

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What's new at JOTF

Job Opportunities Task Force Names Debra Carr as New CEO

October 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Baltimore, MD. – The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to announce that…

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Launch of JOTF’s New Podcast – MoneyTalks

October 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Episode #1: Building a BetterU “MoneyTalks” is a podcast examining how government laws, policies,…

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The Double Pandemic: Socioeconomic and Racial Inequality in the COVID-19 Era

The Double Pandemic: Socioeconomic and Racial Inequality in the COVID-19 Era      …

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2022 Legislative Wrap-Up

April 14, 2022 at 9:00 AM

2022 JOTF Legislative Wrap-Up (3)

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Oct 17, 2022

Job Opportunities Task Force Names Debra Carr as New CEO

Baltimore, MD. – The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to announce that Debra Carr has been appointed the new CEO of JOTF, effective October 17, 2022. An experienced leader with a passion for working in support of underserved… Read More

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