Projects

Summer Youth Employment Initiative Under the Recovery Act

2009-2011
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U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

The American economy lost an estimated 7.9 million jobs between the end of 2007 and fall 2009. Although joblessness was high for many groups, unemployment was particularly high for young adults, leading to concerns about potential lasting effects. On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. Passed in response to the 2008 recession, the act’s purpose was to create jobs, pump money into the economy, and encourage spending. Through the act, states received $1.2 billion in funding for the workforce investment system to provide employment and training activities targeted to disadvantaged youth ages 14 to 21. Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) encouraged states and local workforce investment areas charged with implementing these activities to use the funds to create employment opportunities for these youth in summer 2009.

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