Stimulus Dollars Cure Summertime Blues
Some Florida businesses are getting free summer help.
About 43 million federal stimulus dollars are being spent in Florida to create summer jobs for students. Many traditional summer jobs are being filled by unemployed adults, making it harder for high school and college students to find work, according to the Capitol News Service.
Twenty-year-old Brittany Chandler began her summer searching the want ads. Brittany soon found out she was competing against the odds.
“There is like 400 people applying for one job," Chandler said. "You are just going to be one in a million looking for that one job.”
After weeks of a fruitless job hunt, Brittany discovered a program helping students find work. Florida received 43 million stimulus dollars to create summer jobs for 20,000 teens and young adults.
“This program gives Florida’s young workers excellent skills and experience in the work place, great contacts, and an excellent way to earn some money in the summer," said AWI spokesman Robby Cunningham.
Only one out of every three teens has a summer job; the lowest teen employment rate since 1948.
Studies show when teens aren’t working or busy during the summer, they’re more likely to get into trouble, according to the news service.
For more information about the summer work program, click on this link.
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