Job Point aids Mayor's Task Force in addressing unemployment

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COLUMBIA - The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence meets Wednesday night at 5:30. Representatives from local employment center and development group Job Point will join the members in the meeting.

While Columbia's unemployment dropped from 9.6 percent in 2010 to 6.6 percent in the latest study, the rate of unemployed former inmates remained high. That's where Job Point comes in. 

Job Point's website said the group "promotes the abilities of individuals seeking employment through innovative training, education and business partnership, and enriching the communities where they work and live." Job Point said it does this through a paid program that can help keep people who could be potentially led down the wrong path from making those choices. 

Leean Rehard, a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence, said that it helps keep the community safe.

"When you are re-introduced into society after spending time incarcerated, its tough to break that cycle. We're hoping job point can help us understand how to help those individuals hold down a steady job," he said. 

The meeting will be held in conference room A1 at Columbia City Hall. 

For more information on Job Point, you can visit their website