A delegation of twenty business and government officials from Qingdao, China recently paid a visit to the City's Workforce Investment Board and Economic and Workforce Development Department office.
Charles Woo, WIB Chair and MegaToys CEO, opened the meeting by welcoming the delegation to Los Angeles. The delegation was in town for a special training program at California State University, Long Beach and wanted to meet with Los Angeles officials to learn how local governments operate workforce and training programs for job seekers.
During the presentation, Mr. Yao Wang, the Deputy Director General of Qingdao Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Office. informed Mr. Woo and City staff that the unemployment rate in his city was officially under 4%. This contrasts with Los Angeles current unemployment rate of 10.5%.
The delegation had questions regarding the community college system, how Los Angeles utilizes non-governmental organizations (non-profits) to operate WorkSource / America's Job Centers of California, and whether the City's Workforce Development System assists college graduates in career placement.
Located on the Shandong Peninsula along the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a city of 8.7 million. Due to Qingdao's strategic maritime location, it was briefly under German colonial rule from 1898 to 1914 A major seaport, naval base and industrial center, many Westerners may know the city better by it's historically known name, Tsingtao, which is also the name of its famous beer.
Qingdao was recently in international headlines as the location chosen for the construction of the world's largest and most expensive film studios, the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis. View photos from this event in the WIB Media Gallery