Skip to comments.Jobs Program Spent $76,000 Per Person To Help Youth Find Minimum Wage Jobs
Posted on 07/25/2012 5:06:32 PM PDT by Nachum
A new jobs training oversight report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) found that a federally-funded Oklahoma Job Corps program spent around $76,000 per person to help youth secure minimum wage jobs.
The report, released Tuesday, comes 18 months after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found that billions of taxpayer dollars are being poured into job training programs that benefit those who run them, not the unemployed workers they are supposed to assist.
"Taxpayers should be appalled Congress has done nothing to reform these programs for more than 18 months," said Sen. Coburn.
Sen. Coburn said he wanted to use his home state of Oklahoma as a case study for job training programs throughout the nation.
Key findings included:
Wasteful administrative costs are eating up job training dollars. In one program, just 14 cents of every dollar went to actual job training.
Questionable spending abounds. For example, the Job Corps program spent $36,000 on flowers and billboards. Other expenditures included bowling trips and recreational activities that had little to do with job training.
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Maybe that’s why Pelosi said unemployment checks are good for the economy. Shoot, making the entire congress unemployed would be the best thing ever for the economy.
Would have just been easier to give the kids the $76,000 per year and cut out the middle man.
Better use of the money would have been put it into an investment account they cannot touch until 30 years old. Even better is save the money.
These jobs programs have been around since LBJ’s war. The typical pattern is that groups on opposite sides of the city each get a grant. Each group then gets credit for placing the employees of the other group. I’ve seen a group take credit for placing people in dozens of other groups, all taxpayer funded.... organizing groups, arts groups, empowerment groups, identity groups, pride groups ... all with the same group handling who gets on their payroll.
People who get Food Stamps (for free) buy Steak.
People who sweat and toil for every dollar buy Ground Beef, and I ain’t talking 90 / 10 Angus Sirloin either.
It used to cost 50 cents for the newspaper classifieds.
Thats got to be some serious inflation rate there.
If they would focus on encouraging a few factories to move into town, they wouldn't have to spend any money at all.
Drive all of the industry out, though, and the only way you'll put these people to work is to fly them to South China.
“It used to cost 50 cents for the newspaper classifieds.”
The sad part is without a computer it’s nearly impossible to apply for an open position.Job opening’s used to be in the classifieds, not many anymore. The many positions (internet/faceless) I have applied for over the past few years have yielded no response. I suspect age and lack of suitable affirmative action qualifiers are the main reason.
I see the same thing happening with people I know.
A few years ago I was out for quite a long time; when I finally went back to work it was because someone I knew saw me in a coffee shop and asked me to come to work for them. The normal job search hadn't yielded anything.
I'm seeing people inventing their own jobs, working off the books. Again, as you say, the normal job searches haven't born fruit.
And still they insist on making it so tough to build anything when that is the quickest way to put ordinary folks back to work.