Even with a rising unemployment rate, San Francisco has managed to surpass its goal of employing more than 2,500 residents through The City’s Jobs Now program.
Mayor Gavin Newsom says there are still thousands of potential employees that have been screened and are ready to work through The City’s federally funded stimulus program, which allows San Francisco to cover employee salaries 100 percent.
“It’s too good to be true,” Newsom said. “That’s the damn problem with this program – it’s so good that people don’t believe it.”
Newsom has been touting the program since its inception last year. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill to extend the funds that would allow Jobs Now to operate another year. The bill is awaiting approval by the Senate.
“It’s limitless,” Newsom said. “There are thousands more who can get this opportunity and if jobs and the economy are the No. 1 issues, this is the No. 1 solution.”