Unemployed could get stimulus-backed $$$

Gov. Sonny Perdue wants unemployed Georgians to be “work ready.” And he’s got more than $4 million in federal stimulus money to try and make it happen. 

Perdue this week unveiled the launch of Be Work Ready, a state program designed to help unemployed workers jump start job searches and develop confidence and competitive advantages in the job market. The new program is an offshoot of the existing Georgia Work Ready, which allows unemployed workers to earn a “Work Ready Certificate” by taking a job skills assessment. 

The key to the new program is a cash incentive. Job seekers who earn a “Work Ready Certificate” through the governor’s Office of Workforce Development can earn Visa gift cards worth up to $100.

Only those who currently have a certificate are eligible for the program.

The state has $4.2 million in federal stimulus money set aside for the gift cards, which are designed to be used to buy goods or services to help in the job hunt, said Debra Lyons, director of the Office of Workforce Development.

5 comments Add your comment

Wow

May 28th, 2009
4:38 pm

So we take away state-issued credit cards that state workers were abusing and give them gift cards that can’t be traced. Brilliant in the words of the Guiness commercial.

Charles Boarden

May 28th, 2009
6:10 pm

What the hell? What is this welfare? If you are out of work, why should I pay for your ass to sit at home watching Oprah. Get a job!!

Charles Boarden
charles_boarden@homedepot.com
Home Depot – Atlanta, GA

flyfish

June 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

This is a joke-especially when the GA DOL can’t seem to get their act together to issue the SEB to the unemployed. It would be a viable program if there were jobs. M. Thurmond-hope you don’t plan on running for Governor as I know 47,000 Georgians that won’t be voting for you-if you can’t handle the DOL and funds-I can’t even imagine you running the State of GA. Once again politics and bureaucracy.

daily news

June 7th, 2009
1:19 am

charles boarden u should be glad you have a job, you might be next to get laid off. my ? is why want obama issue out stimulus check for the american people.

Scorpion

June 7th, 2009
6:16 pm

State has funds to give out gift cards but no funds to keep state employee their jobs. Hmmm that seems very strange. Gift cards a kickback from outsourcing state jobs