LINCOLN -- A federal stimulus jobs program has provided employment for 177 young people in the Capital City this summer, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler announced Monday.
The city received $408,803 for the SummerWorks Program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
It provided jobs for low-income youth, ages 14 to 24, at 81 sites in Lincoln as well as Lancaster and Saunders counties. Participants earn $7.25 an hour working at public and private non-profit organizations.
The program began in May and was scheduled to run through September, but will likely be extended, Lincoln officials said in a press release.
The jobless rate for 16- to 24-year-olds not attending school is estimated at 70 percent, officials said.