Stimulus money is funding new jobs

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Nearly 400 Richmond County teens will start summer jobs next week -- all thanks to stimulus money.

Meanwhile, state and local officials say some stimulus-funded options still exist for the Augusta area's unemployed or laid-off adults.

It's all part of a statewide plan to use more than $160 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act dollars through the Georgia Department of Human Services to employ a total of 20,000 Georgia teens and adults.

"We have a unique opportunity to put Georgians back to work, reinvigorate Georgia businesses and spark an economic recovery across our state," said Georgia DHS Commissioner B.J. Walker in a release. "While some states are using federal stimulus funds primarily for social services, we will use ours to put Georgians back to work."

The idea has been to have employers pledge jobs for prospective employees who apply for them through the stimulus-funded programs, which were announced in May. Dena Smith, the press secretary for DHS, said nearly 50,000 teens applied for 15,000 jobs. The application deadline for teens recently passed.

She said stimulus money will pay 100 percent of the salaries for the pledged teen jobs. As for the adult jobs, she said stimulus money will be used to offset 80 percent of their pay.

Al Chandler, deputy director of the Richmond-Burke Job Training Authority, said 384 Richmond County teens and nearly 100 Burke County teens ages 14 through 18 are getting jobs through the TeenWork Program this summer. He said the teens are going through training at Lucy Laney High School this week and will report to their employers next week.

Teens who qualified came from families in need, Chandler said, adding that their jobs will include clerical work, summer program counseling, being customer service representatives, maintenance and working in day care.

"It kind of covers the whole gamut," he said.

Smith said a total of 40 employers from Richmond County signed up to employ the teens.

Employers can still pledge summer jobs for adults at www.jobsforgeorgia.org, "which is really needed," Smith said. Prospective adult employees can apply for the pledged jobs at the same site.

Adults who are eligible must be U.S. citizens or legal immigrants; Georgia residents; have minor, dependent children living in their homes or be parents of minors who live with other parents or relatives; and have a gross monthly household income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, which would be about $66,000 for a family of four.

Chandler said his office also still has stimulus money available through next year to provide job training for unemployed and laid-off adults.

"We're doing kind of a blitz to find people who are laid off," he said. "We've been trying to get the word out."

How to qualify

For more information, call the Georgia Department of Labor's Augusta office on Greene Street at (706) 721-3131.

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Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 06/11/10 - 01:25 am
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Free workers? I guess it now

Free workers? I guess it now would be the time to start a business. Let's see, I'll pay you to sit at home if you give me a quarter of your check. Yeah I'm hiring 2,000.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 06/11/10 - 04:05 am
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You will need to work to pay
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You will need to work to pay back all the taxes heading your way in 2011
tyo repay this follish dtimulus money. It will come with a high price, it is not free.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 06/11/10 - 04:37 am
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What kind of crazy reasoning

What kind of crazy reasoning is used in this article? It sounds like an AP story. Use tax money to hire teens and call it stimulus? All of the wages are paid with tax money loans. That's not stimulating the economy, it's dragging it down with a longer debt period. This is insane thinking. The only reason the government can use this approach is because of the dumbing down of our schools and the lack of education of the general population. Otherwise, no one would stand for this action. How can you spend your way out of debt? This isn't free money.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 06/11/10 - 06:25 am
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As I understand it, the teens

As I understand it, the teens will be paid at the rate of $10.00 per hour, from the tax money(stimulus) that is being taken from the many single parents out there working two or three part-time jobs at or near minimum wage to try to feed and clothe their children.
Gimme a Break!

disssman
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disssman 06/11/10 - 07:10 am
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Who wants to bet that they

Who wants to bet that they hire at least 98 percent black and 2 percent tther? What is the system for hiring kids? That should be the focus of the story. BTW A.C. I have a kid who needs a job but I won't waste his time trying to get a job, where I know from past experience, he will never be picked.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 06/11/10 - 07:26 am
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Wow, teen jobs! How about

Wow, teen jobs! How about jobs for adults trying to make a living for a family?

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 06/11/10 - 07:44 am
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A free ride for businesses to

A free ride for businesses to make a profit on the backs of taxpayers while giving an unfair advantage to those who cant apply with a 80% free paycheck

class1
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class1 06/11/10 - 07:50 am
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Here we go again, more people

Here we go again, more people working for the government. This cannot keep happening having more people working for the government than the private sector. Sooner or later there will not be enough people working in the private sector to pay for all the government workers.

shortd
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shortd 06/11/10 - 08:05 am
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My daughter has tried for 2

My daughter has tried for 2 yrs and was denied each time. And yes she is BLACK, Mr. disssman. To my understanding, the teens were selected according to their family's income.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/11/10 - 08:13 am
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crackerjack, are you serious

crackerjack, are you serious about the teens being paid $10 an hour? I have two teens who aquired their own jobs and have been working for at least a year (one has been working 3 years) and they still don't make $10 an hour. What happened with starting out at minimum wage?

workedforit
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workedforit 06/11/10 - 08:19 am
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Just more of the Stupulis
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Just more of the Stupulis waste of money by the morons in Washington.

Jane18
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Jane18 06/11/10 - 08:29 am
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As I was reading this

As I was reading this article, I was thinking,"What?? This is insane". Then I read the comments and found out I am not the only one thinking this.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 06/11/10 - 08:32 am
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InChristLove....

InChristLove.... Unfortunately it is TRUE! And your teens probably don't work for the Government! YET

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/11/10 - 08:32 am
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how many jobs are lost by

how many jobs are lost by taking money from real job producers to create make believe jobs. typical govt thinking..

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55 F-100 06/11/10 - 08:38 am
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These "summer jobs" will last

These "summer jobs" will last how long.....8 to 10 weeks, maybe? Yeah Baby, that effort will turn the economy around. Nice job, Prezbhojangles.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 06/11/10 - 08:40 am
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Hopefully some of those

Hopefully some of those Guv'mnt jobs will be to pick up the beer cans, broken liquor bottles, and empty potato chip bags, starting at Boundary and First St. and going to 15th St. There are folks in those areas that take pride in their houses appearance with paint and beautiful flowers that have their communities ruined by the slobs that are too lazy to put trash in the trash can. Hopefully the trash company can hire them.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/11/10 - 08:50 am
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"and have a gross monthly

"and have a gross monthly household income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, which would be about $66,000 for a family of four."

AC, did you READ this before you printed it? A gross MONTHLY income level of $66,000??? Poverty level is a gross monthly income of $22,000??

I want that kind of monthly income myself! Please, let me live in poverty!

AC, you are better than this. This is just ridiculous.

chipshirley
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chipshirley 06/11/10 - 10:08 am
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Yay Obama!!!! Yay

Yay Obama!!!!

Yay Democrats!!!!!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 06/11/10 - 03:59 pm
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America, in its current

America, in its current state, is truly doomed.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/11/10 - 08:09 pm
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Where are stimulus-funded

Where are stimulus-funded jobs for the unemployed?

mable8
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mable8 06/12/10 - 02:06 pm
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While we recognize the need

While we recognize the need for teen jobs, I would think it is more important to get the adult wage earner back to work. Teens do not pay the mortgage/rent, car payments (some teens may, but rarely) and insurance, purchase groceries, etc. Seems like priorities need to be revisited.

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