Some JobsNow employees find new positions

Some 270 public employees who were canned after the feds cut off San Francisco’s stimulus money for a local jobs program have now been placed into other jobs, thanks to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s JobsNow lite program.

The mayor ceremoniously kicked off a new incentive program  in October, shortly after the JobsNow stimulus funding expired Sept 30 in attempt to stave off as many layoffs as possible. More than 4,000 public and private sector workers were employed through JobsNow

The mayor shifted around money, coming up with $9 million to offer employers as an incentive to retain their JobsNow employees as well as hire those who were laid off. A total of 56 employers have signed onto the incentive program, according to the Human Services Agency. It is nowhere near the 1,000 employees they were hoping to save, but it’s better than nothing.

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