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Florida Jobs Program Looking to Hire Unemployed

3:36 PM, May 20, 2010   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida jobs program is looking to hire unemployed people right now.

The Florida Back to Work program has 7,300 open jobs for unemployed parents with a child under the age of 18 living at home.

It's funded with federal stimulus money and pays employers up to 95 percent of an employee's salary. Currently the program employs about 2,000 people.

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Florida Back to Work runs through Sept. 30, but that does not necessarily mean the jobs will end at that time. State spokesman Robby Cunningham said many employers intend to keep their new workers.

"The great news about this program is that the employers that have hired these employees have agreed for the most part to keep the employees on even after the program ends. So this will actually be full-time and long-term employment for many people," Cunningham said.

"If you have a minor child at home and you're looking for a job, you may be eligible and not even realize it. So we recommend that you go to our website, which Floridajobs.org, go to the back-to-work button and click on the 'Am I Eligible' link to determine if you might be eligible for these positions."

The jobs range from entry-level to high-skill in a variety of fields, including government, manufacturing, information technology and restaurants. Most pay between $9 and $14 an hour.

Cunningham said some people may be eligible and not even realize it.

For information on guildelines, visit the website or call 1-877-362-5032.

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