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Pilot program for new jobs


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week approved a two-year pilot project aimed at matching unemployed residents with county clerical jobs, with the effort targeting students, foster youth, low-income indivduals and those experiencing barriers to employment. The program is scheduled to begin in April.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn proposed what they are calling a temporary services registry, and envision it as a pipeline to full-time employment.

“I have become increasingly concerned with the number of services and functions that we contract out to private companies,” Hahn said. “I am hopeful that our own county temporary worker registry will be a practical and affordable option to address our immediate staffing needs and as a way to connect talented, capable workers with full-time permanent employment with L.A. County.”

County government is the county’s largest employer. Based on goals set for the pilot project, at least 51 percent of the participants should be facing some barrier to employment, such as age, lack of a high school diploma, a criminal record or a disability. Students living in low-income communities are expected to make up 30 percent of the temporary workforce. Current or former foster youth are targeted to make up 25 percent or more of the total, while at least 20 percent are intended to be individuals receiving social service assistance.

“Being able to provide a job to our residents is one of the most important things our county can offer,” Solis said. “Having a job means sustainability, a steady income and security.”