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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray applauded a new initiative from the Department of Labor that asks employers to commit to offering summer job opportunities to young people in their communities. Last year, over 4 million youth who wanted to work could not find jobs. Without federal funding, and commitment from local businesses and other employers, there could be even less job opportunities this summer. This summer jobs initiative hopes to create, publicize, and fill 100,000 youth jobs this summer. Employers can express their commitment to helping young people in their community by visiting www.dol.gov/summerjobs.

“I’m extremely grateful to the businesses and organizations that are getting involved and offering opportunities that help our communities, our economy, and our young people,” said Senator Murray. “Over the last two years, I have personally heard stories from young men and women who participated in summer jobs programs and all of them told me the same thing – participating in their programs gave them the skills they knew they needed to succeed in school and work.”

Last year, Senator Murray introduced an amendment that would have extended funding for this highly successful program and created 500,000 summer jobs for America’s youth.