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President Obama's Summer Jobs+ program, which is lining up commitments from the private sector and from government to create summer jobs and internships for young people, has announced commitments for 90,000 paying jobs, up from the 70,000 previously announced in January, with many more unpaid internships and mentorships (which absolutely must be strictly overseen so that kids aren't just used as free labor without gaining skills or prospects; unpaid work of any kind is a poor enough substitute for paid work without being directly exploitative).

This effort is sorely needed: Last summer, the youth labor force participation rate hit its lowest rate in July, typically the month of the year when the most young people are working, since the government started tracking it. President Obama's American Jobs Act included funding for summer jobs, to help young people earn money and get valuable work experience, but of course Republicans in Congress blocked the jobs bill. As a result, Obama has been forced to do what he can without Congress.

In addition to the new commitments from dozens of companies and non-profits, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco are emphasizing the Summer Jobs+ program, with San Francisco holding a Youth Resource Fair on May 9. For teens and young adults beyond those three cities, the Department of Labor is launching an online Summer Jobs+ Bank.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:45 AM PDT.

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  •  This is very good. The young need jobs. (1+ / 0-)
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    ParkRanger

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:56:09 AM PDT

  •  Actually it is 300,000 jobs. (1+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:57:11 AM PDT

  •  This is good news. (1+ / 0-)
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    arealniceguy

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:59:09 AM PDT

  •  Unpaid internships (1+ / 0-)
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    arealniceguy

    That turned out really well in England.

    The TUC fears that internships are replacing paid work for young people and pushing down pay for those in work.
    Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs – the government body responsible for enforcing NMW laws has only prosecuted seven firms for breaching the law since its introduction.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:11:38 PM PDT

  •  Opportunity Youth Report (2+ / 0-)

    The report - WARNING - PDF

    is an interesting analysis of the situation -- the tragedy is that so few of the public will read this ... it lays out the argument that says in essence - Pay for these Youth Programs now -- or pay a hell of a lot later

    Unfortunately, in this country of Politics over Policy - no one will actually read the report - I hope that anyone that clicks on this comment will take the 20 minutes to half an hour (or even just 5-10 minutes to peruse) to read through this report ...

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:17:26 PM PDT

  •  Government sponsered summer jobs were great (1+ / 0-)
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    The Angry Architect

    experiences for me. Between my freshman and sophomore years in high school I got odd low paying jobs picking cotton, picking oranges and picking blackberries. (Did you know blackberry vines have thorns, sharp pain inducing, mean thorns.)

    Thanks to Uncle Sam the next summer I was able to get a job as a janitors assistant getting the high school buildings ready for school in the fall. It paid much better than the farm work of the year before and taught me a lot about non-farm work. The school got a hard worker at subsidized wages.

    The next summer I had joined the Navy Reserve (I think that qualifies as a government job, right?) and spent the whole summer going through regular Navy boot camp. The work was even harder but the pay was much better and I learned that no matter how many push-ups you think you can do the Navy expects you to to twice as many. AND YOU CAN DO IT!

    They could raise my taxes if I knew the money would go to that type of program. Of course I'd expect Romney to divert some of his off shore earnings to it too! I wonder if Romney paid his Mormon tithe on the money he had in off shore banks? If he REALLY believed in an all knowing God he would have. When we find that answer we will find out if he is a true believer or just going though the motions.

    Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Wed May 02, 2012 at 02:44:51 PM PDT

  •  Next up in "Market-Based Solutions" (2+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, happymisanthropy

    "Pay to play" internships, where young people have to pay an application fee in order to apply for an unpaid internship.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Sat May 05, 2012 at 02:05:17 PM PDT

  •  my son has one of these jobs (1+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW

    and I'm happy but geez  3 months at less than $10/hr is not a game-changer for a 22-year old who's worked only a few days in the last 10 months.

    There is a crisis within the crisis, and our younger workers are screwed in so many ways.

    It's not a fake orgasm; it's a real yawn.

    by sayitaintso on Sat May 05, 2012 at 02:10:09 PM PDT

    •  To Put This in Perspective (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      I had a $10/hr paid internship, which was my first job in my field. This was the going rate.

      In 1995.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Sat May 05, 2012 at 02:53:30 PM PDT

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    •  Do you have a suggestion for a solution? (0+ / 0-)

      I hear your grief about what you're saying.  But, what is the solution?  Where will the jobs come from that you see as being necessary for your son to secure solid, long-lasting employment?  I applaud your son for wanting to gain work and to work to make his own way.  That's what America is all about in the first place, isn't it?  

      I hear so many complaints about the jobs situation but I rarely see regular, mainstream people saying what our country must do to change around our ridiculously horrible downturned economy around.

      What is the answer?  How can this be changed and what needs to be done to make us a great economy again with great job opportunities so that those that want to achieve can do so through hard work and a great work ethic?

      •  Regular, Mainstream People? (1+ / 0-)
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        sayitaintso

        What does that even mean?

        Look -- I have worked in white collar jobs, often for big business, for my entire adult professional life. Right now, I work for the bluest of blue chip technology firms.

        It was totally obvious to me from the start that the answer was government investment in key infrastructure that would build the next generation of jobs for young people: green energy, transit and information superhighway upgrades.

        The need is huge.

        The money is there to be spent.

        This could have ushered in a new era of prosperity.

        It didn't get done, because the elites wanted to punish working people for the crimes that the elites committed.

        They didn't want jobs for working people -- they wanted austerity.

        It's not about mainstream people lacking answers.

        It's about the insane greed of our political, big business and media elites.

        "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

        by bink on Sat May 05, 2012 at 03:06:06 PM PDT

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      •  here's one idea... (0+ / 0-)

        I'm a  union officer and a long time WTO/FTAA/NAFTA protestor so I work every day on solutions to the problem of decent jobs for Americans, and I think you tone is frankly condescending.

        But here's a suggestion that could have an impact immediately:    

        an all-out campaign to enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act.  So many employers squeeze unpaid, unrecognized overtime out of workers that it actually reduces the demand for new hires.

        This goes from the outright, Walmart style of "punch out and keep on working", to spurious misclassifying of "managers" who do not even rise to the FMLA standard of "straw boss",  similar misclassifying of professional, managerial, sales, creative professional,  educational and other exemptions.

        Secretary of Labor Solis hired a few dozen additional wage and hour inspectors a couple years ago... they are doing their best.  

        But I would like to see an all-out war on wage and hour violations.  

        Forget potheads,  forget hackers,  forget looking at my privates when I board a plane to Sheboygan.

        Hire 1000 new wage and hour inspectors, and 100 geeks to crunch the info they find and 100 attorneys to prosecute the case and 100 multilingual outreach workers and hotline operators .

        that's my idea

        It's not a fake orgasm; it's a real yawn.

        by sayitaintso on Sat May 05, 2012 at 06:01:06 PM PDT

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  •  The media doesn't present the "good" things (1+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541

    We are in a recession.  We are in a very big recession.  We are struggling and people that are looking for work are struggling from teens to the economic disparaged to those that just lost their jobs because of the "downturn".

    The administration is doing what it can to get this turned around but there is more to this than just something a president can do.  We must see a change in legislation that invigorates job creation.  Ending "world trade" ventures that have seen our businesses go outside our boarders is one way to change this.  "Made in America" is no longer something that we see as important, but it is VERY important.  How many TVs are made in the U.S.?  How many refrigerators?  How many things that used to be our solid base for employment are "Made in America"?

    This changes and our country changes.  I am not talking about never, ever going outside our boarders to build things or develop things.  But, we have become a country that gives away our own innovative prowess and our own work-ethic structure.  

    This isn't "politics".  This is just about making sure America continues to be as great an industrial giant it has become throughout the years.  This is where jobs come from.  This is the ONLY place jobs come from.  Anyone that sees how working Americans can and will achieve self sufficiency and creat their own wealth any other way just doesn't understand the big picture.

  •  More unpaid internships sure beats the hell (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    out of making even a token effort to pass a new CCC.

    If you're the privileged middle-class parent the campaign is trying to appeal to, it's good Politics

    It's still shit policy.

    Your vote is your consent.

    by JesseCW on Sat May 05, 2012 at 02:32:11 PM PDT

  •  I have a problem with unpaid internships (0+ / 0-)

    Pay them minimum wage, at least. If you need people, but can't afford to pay them at least minimum wage, you shouldn't be in business.

    Don't give me bullshit about experience or connections or whatnot. If it's work, it needs to be paid.

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Sat May 05, 2012 at 03:28:05 PM PDT

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