U.S. Department of Labor. Photo by Ed Brown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
U.S. Department of Labor. Photo by Ed Brown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

A $2 million federal grant was awarded to a Long Beach program that offers job training and opportunities to “disconnected” young adults who are not in school or in the workforce, city officials announced Tuesday.

The program serves 300 young people age 18-26 in Long Beach, offering them leadership skills, job preparation and training and potential employment.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor via the State Employment Development Department. Long Beach is the only West Coast city among the four grant recipients.

“I want to thank Secretary (Thomas) Perez and the Department of Labor for investing in Long Beach and our efforts to create meaningful pathways to careers for all of our youth,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said.

The unemployment rate is 20.7 percent for young adults in Long Beach, far over the 9.9 percent national rate, according to Long Beach officials.

— City News Service 

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