A job market turnaround? Anywhere but here.

August 19, 2014

Welcome to CapBiz A.M., your morning primer on business news with a focus on Washington.

Dashed hopes: Just one month ago, the Washington-area job market looked like it was on the verge of a turnaround. But new data show that the labor market faced one of its ugliest months this year, and Maryland fared the worst. (CAPBIZ)

And yet: Across the nation, better-paying jobs are staging a comeback. That’s finally a sign that the labor market recovery is on track. (WP)

Movie magic for all: Movie-theater owners are bracing for new rules to better accommodate patrons with visual and hearing disabilities, like in-ear audio description devices and cup holders with closed captioning tools.  But owners and regulators aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on some of the requirements. (OSB)

Back support: The movie “Iron Man” popularized the idea of a futuristic warfighter waging battle in an exoskeleton. Now the Navy is about to test two real-life exoskeletons designed by Lockheed Martin. (CAPBIZ)

Building blocks: Metro officials have picked a developer to renovate the highly desired space around Brookland metro station. MRP Realty and CAS Riegler may have Metro’s approval, but residents’ concerns make the project far from simple. (CAPBIZ)

Only four months to go: Diving sales, changing CEOs and government probes into labor practices. For defense contractor DynCorp, 2014 may be a year to forget. (CAPBIZ)

Pick the pitch: Rockville economic development officials are looking for the region’s most promising woman-owned company. Cast your vote here. (OSB)

Mobile investment: Chuck Ghoorah, co-founder of event firm Cvent says innovation is already in the palm of your hand. (CAPBIZ)

Space law: Global law firm Dentons has carved out a practice group focused on commercial space companies, just as the sector seems ready for take-off.

Swan song: Mr. Smith’s, the District’s 50 year-old saloon, will close its Georgetown doors at the end of the month. But relocation is still a possibility. (WCP)

On Wall Street

Stocks moved higher amid easing concerns for the situation in Ukraine and shares of Dollar General jumped. (Get the latest updates here)

What’s on tap today

Consumer price index (8:30 a.m.)

Housing starts (8:30 a.m.)

Day 2 of D.C. Beer Week

Vote: Help us select the region’s most promising woman-owned company (CAPBIZ)

Help: Why crowdfunding favors women-owned businesses (OPEN Forum)

Follow: Mr. Smith’s

Extra: How America fell out of love with tuna (WP)

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Amrita Jayakumar covers IT and federal government contracting for Capital Business, The Post's local business section.
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