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A youth jobs program could help nearly 20,000 young people gain job skills and employment this summer, with a small portion of the participants also getting the opportunity to work year-round, city and county officials announced Wednesday.

“HIRE L.A.’s Youth transforms lives, connecting some of our most vulnerable young Angelenos to skills training, work experience and first-time paychecks that put them on a path to success, benefiting our families, our communities and our city’s economy as a whole,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The program is focused on industries such as healthcare, transportation logistics, hospitality and financial services that tend to offer higher wage jobs, and will help youth who are considered at-risk.

“Our young people were the hardest hit in the recession and jobs available to them have been the slowest to recover,” county Supervisor Don Knabe said. “An opportunity is all these kids need — a chance to show their skills and to work hard.”

— City News Service 

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