Around 200 million federal dollars will soon rush into Georgia to allegedly spur hiring 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.
Yes, the commissioner of the Georgia DHS believes the foundations for economic recovery will be laid thanks to teenagers working for only eight weeks in low-skill occupations. Won’t she be surprised come August 1 when she learns it had no impact on the economy. No worries, though, ’cause it’s just tax dollars.
Also, please be sure to check out the Georgia TeenWork website, a program which your tax dollars also pay for. No fat in the budget, indeed!