Prepare more people for work | Recruit, retain & grow employers | Promote good jobs for all
Mayor Strickland understands that good jobs are essential to improving the quality of life for Memphians. Since taking office in 2016, he has worked with nonprofit and private companies alike to prepare more people for work and promote the available job openings in the city. In 2017, Mayor Strickland created Opportunity Memphis, an online platform to connect Memphians to the services they need to get a job, including vocational training, community college, and assistance completing applications. He has continued to expand the City's youth employment program, from 1,000 jobs in 2016 to 1,500 in 2018. Finally, the unemployment rate has decreased from 6.0% in January 2016 to 3.9% in April 2018, with the number of employed Memphians hitting over 285,000 for the first time in almost 10 years. Click the tiles below to read more about these initiatives.