Vice President for Family Income Support Policy
I highlighted yesterday the success of a 2009 Recovery Act program through which 39 states and the District of Columbia placed 260,000 low-income parents and young people in subsidized jobs, mostly in the private sector. The federal funding for that program dried up a few years ago. But several states — recognizing that these programs hold huge promise for the long-term unemployed and others who often have great difficulty getting hired — have decided to use their own funds to create or expand subsidized jobs programs. Here are some examples:
As their budgets rebound, states will have resources to make new investments. More states should follow the lead of these states and some other local communities that have decided that providing subsidized jobs is a winning proposition for the unemployed, employers, and local communities.