Fort Bend Co. leaders launch to create job opportunities for youth

Do you have a teen or a young adult looking to get to work this summer? If you're in the Fort Bend area, check out this new program.

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JOE BIDEN: Jobs are up. Wages are up. Manufacturing is up. Growth is up. People gaining health-care coverage is up. And small business confidence is up.

- Employers across the country boosting its hiring efforts, adding 559,000 jobs in May. The unemployment rate fell from 6.1% in April to 5.8% in May.

JOE BIDEN: --progress that's pulling our economy out of the worst crisis it's been in 100 years.

- Today, Fort Bend County launching a youth employment program to help get 250 teens and young professionals in the workforce.

- They're going to learn the real-life work experience and also getting paid. And they are allowed to work up to 40 hours a week. And also, they can get paid as high as $15 an hour.

- The Fort Bend County's Commissioners Court approved $1 million of the funds received from the Federal American Rescue Plan for this program. And residents 16 to 21 can apply starting now through June 9.

- At least, we started with 250 people. And then if possible, maybe even-- it's possible maybe even we look into expand this program, if there is a need and also if there is resources available.