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POSTED: April 1, 2010 8:53 a.m.
ATLANTA - State human services officials will use more than $200 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an incentive for private- and public-sector employers to hire 20,000 Georgians this summer.

The department is offering huge incentives to employers under two programs, TeenWork, which seeks to hire 15,000 teens this summer, and Jobs for Georgia, which will provide incentives for employers to hire 5,000 adult workers.

Under the TeenWork program, employers can hire youths aged 14-18 at a 100 percent subsidy paid by the state. Jobs are available June 1 to July 31, and applicants must come from homes earning less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $66,000 for a family of four.

B.J. Walker, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services, says the cash will help spark economic recovery.


 

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