About Us

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.

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 Project JumpStart, Baltimore's pre-apprenticeship program in the building trades, which helps participants become licensed electricians, plumbers, or carpenters. JumpStart trains 120 low-wage residents each year for careers that can pay more than $50,000 annually.

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.

Featured Items

JOTF Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2018 Maryland General Assembly came and went with full force during this election year,…

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Priced Out: Making College More Affordable for Low-Income Marylanders

By 2025, Maryland leaders want to ensure that at least 55 percent of state…

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Expanding Baltimore’s Black Middle Class: Workforce Strategies for Advancing Prosperity

June 2010: A Joint Issue Brief from the Job Opportunities Task Force and Associated…

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Aug 6, 2018

It’s Expensive to be Poor, and in Maryland, it’s also a Crime

Poverty, not crime, drags an astounding amount of Marylanders into the criminal justice system. Whether it be through debt, lack of access to resources, income volatility, or a combination of each, our poorest communities are caught in a cycle of… Read More

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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.

JOTF in the Media
Apr 3, 2018
Guest Opinion: Comprehensive crime bill will take us back decades

Maryland Reporter

Dec 9, 2017
To stem Baltimore crime, invest in jobs

Baltimore Sun

Oct 12, 2017
Rally demands equal access to college for ex-convicts

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

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