NEWS FROM DON KNABE
Supervisor, Fourth District
County of Los Angeles
822 Hahn Hall of Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David A. Sommers
(213) 453-6446 (cell)
JOB CREATION PROGRAM PASSES HALFWAY MARK
Los Angeles, August 27, 2009 – There is good news for the local economy – Supervisor Don Knabe, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced today that the County is more than halfway towards meeting its goal of employing at least 10,000 people in temporary local jobs.
A total of 5,480 people have been employed as part of the 10,000 Jobs Initiative, so far. Of this number, 75% are young people between the ages of 16 and 24. Nearly 350 businesses across the County have hired employees through the program.
On March 3, 2009, Supervisor Knabe introduced the program, which utilizes almost $200 million in federal stimulus funding to create temporary subsidized employment opportunities in County departments, private sector employers, non-profit organizations, and in cities across Los Angeles County.
“We are continuing to move rapidly in getting these jobs created and filled.” said Supervisor Knabe. The federal stimulus money we are using expires in September 2010, so we want these temporary workers to have the maximum amount of time in their jobs.”
Two resources are available for employers looking to hire workers or for those looking for a job. The first is the County’s telephone hotline, 211. The second is a dedicated website, www.employmentstimulus.org.
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