Federal Program Brings Thousands of Summer Jobs to NYC

Tens of thousands of summer jobs for City teenagers are at stake in the negotiations over the federal economic recovery plan. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The $1.2 billion dollar national Summer Youth Employment program brings $34 million to NYC and creates 22,000 job for teens and young adults. The initiative is in both the House and Senate versions of the recovery package but has been flagged by Republicans as non-essential.

Over the last several years Federal support for summer youth employment was cut dramatically. Last year 100,000 New York teens applied for the seven-week program that pays minimum wage. Only 43,000 could be accommodated.

Under Mayor Bloomberg's budget proposal for next year the program would shrink by another 1,500 slots.

For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly