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Stimulus money to create temporary jobs in Wake, Johnston

Posted April 6, 2009

— Wake County commissioners on Monday allocated $3.2 million in federal stimulus Monday afternoon to create dozens of temporary jobs for laid-off workers and youths.

"This is the first appropriation of stimulus funds for the county," said Matt Bosse, assistant to County Manager David Cooke. Bosse will serve as the county's "stimulus czar" to keep track of how funds are distributed and spent locally.

A sign outside of the JobLink Career Center. Hundreds of temp jobs created with stimulus money

The initial funds will be sent to the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, which runs 22 Job Link centers in Wake and Johnston counties.

Regina Crooms, executive director of the work force board, said about $1.3 million of the appropriation will be used to create 150 to 200 temporary jobs and provide training to people who have been laid off. Another $1.3 million will create about 600 part-time summer jobs for youths, she said.

"Everyone is affected. There's no discrimination in age when it comes to being laid off," Crooms said.

Keith Price, 59, lost his managerial job at a software company last August and has been unable to find another job.

"I was sure it would be hard, but I wasn't sure it was going to be this hard," Price said. "It's frustrating. I need to convince someone that I can do a job that's below what I used to do."

Most of the jobs created by the stimulus money will pay $7 to $12 an hour and will last two to five months. People who have been unemployed the longest will likely get the first opportunities.

"It can be anything from building solar panels to providing any assistance that they can to those companies that have had to layoff or downsize," Crooms said. "It's a drop in the bucket, but we're very grateful to have it to offer."

The $3.2 million is the first of five stimulus grants Wake County expects to receive in the next few months, Bosse said.

About $582,000 in stimulus money will go toward preventing homelessness, and another $104,000 is earmarked for local law enforcement.

“Our sheriff's department is working with the city of Raleigh and other Wake County law enforcement agencies to determine the best use of the funding,” Bosse said.

Some money also will be set aside for energy conservation. Bosse said it could be used to retrofit government office spaces to create more energy-efficient buildings.

The county also expects to receive about $300,000 in Community Development Block Grants to improve low-income neighborhoods, he said.

"We're looking at a variety of projects, whether it's building sidewalks or renovating community centers," he said.


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  • eternalrage83 Apr 7, 2009

    Another worthless plan from a worthless government that is in need of replacing.

  • dplowman Apr 7, 2009

    I thought the jobs created had to be union scale wages.
    Looks like a lot of thought went into this way to spend my money.

  • veyor Apr 7, 2009

    This is all about control, that's all it's about.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 6, 2009

    Why are these 150 to 200 jobs only going to pay $7.00 to $12.00 and only last 2 to 5 months?

    Where is the rest of the money going?

  • affirmativediversity Apr 6, 2009

    You could give 200 people $16,000.00 each and waste the same amount of money!

  • 5Rs Apr 6, 2009

    Now wait a minute! There are good jobs being created by the bill - tracking where the money goes.

  • drnc Apr 6, 2009

    Those temporary jobs will end in about 18 to 24 months. Then the bill will come due on the trillions of dollars the "stimulus" has cost. I remember when Obama talked of "economic catastrophe" if the spending bill didn't pass. The catastrophe has yet to come.

  • mep Apr 6, 2009

    Woo hoo.... a trillion dollars spent and all we get are "temporary" jobs? Did anyone bother read this thing before it was voted on.... NOPE! It was pushed/crammed right through.

  • colliedave Apr 6, 2009

    About $582,000 of the stimulus money will go toward preventing homelessness,

    Don't know the budgets of the Raleigh Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army but I can safely say they do a great job on preventing homelessness by taking individuals off the streets and placing them in a highly structed environment. Many of the homeless despise rules and will not stay in these places' programs.

    Too many of the liberal feel-good programs enable the homeless by not setting clear boundaries and rules for them to follow. Most likely the money will be sent to these programs and it will be as useful as giving a homeless person some money to buy a bottle of Mad-Dog.

  • SalemWWX Apr 6, 2009

    Good to know they're being honest...the entire net effect of the trillions of dollars of "stimulus" will be TEMPORARY....then we'll be in a world of it again, but this time with higher debt and hyper-inflation....political genius at it's best...