More programs needed to get people work

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – While the economy is still bouncing back from the 2007 recession, it’s still hard to find a job.

The Franklin/Hampshire Career Center in Northampton offers worker training classes. The U.S. Treasury Secretary says more programs, along with career counseling, are needed to help get people back to work. The problem is high unemployment and slow economic growth.

Between 1948 and 2007, the economy grew an average of 3.4% a year. Projected annual growth for the future is only 2.1%. The Government has said they think an education focus of science, math and engineering is key to helping grow the economy back to full strength.

Jim Parcells, Director of Planning Youth Programs at Franklin/Hampshire Career Center told 22News, “It’s a tough thing for a person to lose their job and many people in the last few years have lost jobs that they’ve had for 15 or 20 years. So they’ve never really been in the labor market. They’ve always had a secured job and now they suddenly have nothing. So its looking at what skills they have.”

The Franklin/Hampshire Career Center told 22News they’ve served about 6,000 customers since April. They say it’s been especially hard for younger workers to get a job.

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