project in April 2012
Summer Job Fair — US Dept. of Labor

This app was built to support the US Dept. of Labor’s Summer Jobs+ program and corresponding API.

The idea is to make the crazy mess of job data much easier to use, and get it into the hands of young folks who need summer gigs.

It was announced as a winner of the Summer Jobs+ code sprint on the White House blog.


The app automatically pulls and filters all the results for a search – ordinarily, users would have to page through results 10 at a time, ignoring duplicates and out-of-date listings.

It displays everything simply and syncs up with the map where possible.


The map attempts to pinpoint every job, guessing locations that are unlisted or incorrect.

The underlying technology stack for mapping is Leaflet with Stamen tiles, Nominatim, and the now-deprecated Yahoo Local API.


The backend provides a simple caching layer that speeds things up, hides some odd API design choices, and protects access credentials.


The Summer Jobs+ program has been renamed to Youth Jobs+.

Also, Yahoo’s Local API has been deprecated.

By mid-2016, too many services had changed, and the site had ceased working. Technology marches on.

In 2018, just about everything mentioned here is no more, including (in some sense) the White House itself.

Chris Willard