Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm not feeling stimulated, Redux (Adventures in Job Hunting, Episode 3)

As a "due diligence"-type followup to my earlier post, I offer the following Star Tribune article: Jobs for teens get needed jump-start in Dakota County:

His is one of about 300 teen and young adult jobs created this summer in Dakota County with $410,802 from the federal stimulus package. That's the local share of the $17.8 million sent to the state to generate jobs for disadvantaged teens and young adults ages 15 to 24.

The infusion of youth job funding more than doubles the usual 180 jobs that the Workforce Service of Dakota County funds annually through a state program. The jobs at five public and nonprofit agencies are available to teens and young adults who meet limited-income requirements or have developmental disabilities.

And it includes the surprisingly pertinent note:

The Dakota County libraries saw 33 applications in four days when they posted the library shelving assistant jobs. They plan to hire 18 teens to put books back on the shelves this summer, two for each of the nine branch libraries, likely starting next week.

I'm still not sure how I feel about this. As the first commenter on the Strib article noted:

WOW! 300 part time jobs created at tax payer expense and only 3,000 permanent jobs lost daily in Dakota County. Now that's change you can believe in. What do these 300 jobs entail, checking tire pressure on cars at stop lights?

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