Newsom pushes JobsNow program

Mayor Gavin Newsom met with local business leaders Wednesday at City Hall to convince them to start taking advantage of the federal JobsNow, which runs until September.

Apparently, most local businesses have simply ignored the program all together. But Newsom  was hoping to change that.

Details about the program, administered by the Human Services Agency:

JobsNow is funded by federal stimulus dollars and is a subsidized employment program. The HSA reimburses the cost for any JobsNow participant employed through September. Employers are required to pay payroll taxes and typical fringe benefits, as well as the usual supervision of the employee.

“We hope that this opportunity will allow you to grow your business while also helping low-income families become employed and gain experience,” a statement on the HSA Web site says.

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