ROCHESTER, NY---Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is backing a senate bill aimed at getting teens and other young workers part-time jobs.
The Youth Jobs Act of 2010 was sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and proposes the creation of 500,000 so-called "transitional jobs" for young workers through programs nationwide. The bill, if passed as-is would commit $1.5 billion federal dollars to job programs.
The current national youth unemployment rate stands at 21.5% according to Schumer.
"More than any time in recent memory, summer jobs for teenagers and young adults are going to be tough to come by this summer.That's why we need to start taking critical steps to immediately address the problem-investing in summer jobs programs will not only ensure that kids and young adults have the proper training to join the work force, but will relieve stress on the middle class families and is a proven way to jumpstart a local economy," said Schumer.
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