The Senate on Thursday passed an immigration reform bill that includes a youth jobs program proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The Sanders program would provide $1.5 billion over two years for states and local communities to help find jobs for more than 400,000 unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds. Currently, the official unemployment for that age group is 16.2 percent.
“This program will help hundreds of thousands of young Americans find jobs and earn the skills they need to build strong careers,” Sanders said. “At a time when the unemployment rate for these young people is twice that of the rest of the country, it is absolutely imperative that Congress help them find jobs. The establishment of a youth employment program for 400,000 young people is a good step forward in addressing our unemployment crisis. Obviously more needs to be done in the months to come.”
To read a summary of Sanders’ jobs provision, click here.