City of Dallas Launches Study to Assess Impact of COVID Pandemic on Work Force

DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – The City of Dallas is investing in its work force amid a changing economy.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced on Monday that the city is partnering with Cicero Group to conduct a study assessing the state of the city’s workforce.

The study is funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of its larger commitment to innovative career and technical education programs. Cicero Group will conduct the study and will look at how the pandemic has impacted workforce and available jobs, identify the growing sectors in the city, and assess skills gaps. Dallas College will manage the grant.

“I am incredibly excited to move forward with this study, which will give us the opportunity to understand how we can tap into our city’s greatest asset: our strong, resilient, dynamic people,” Mayor Johnson said. “Because that is what workforce development is about: investing in people. People like my parents. People like my neighbors growing up in Oak Cliff and West Dallas. And, of course, all the people who have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking for a way forward in this new world.”

The mayor began discussions about funding and conducting a workforce study in late 2019, but those efforts were paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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