Mayor invites Jobs Now participants to City Hall, pushes Congress to fund program 

After Congress recently failed to extend monies for San Francisco’s successful unemployment program, Mayor Gavin Newsom invited to City Hall a few hundred employees and their bosses who are participating in Jobs Now to prove how successful the federally funded stimulus project has been.

What he didn’t expect was thousands of people to show up, packing the inside of City Hall on Thursday morning to show their support for the program, which uses federal funds to pay 100 percent of employees’ salaries if they are hired through Jobs Now.

City Hall was so packed it was hard to hear the mayor’s words as he spoke about the 3,600 people who have found work through Jobs Now. But the crowd hushed in the middle of his speech when he got to the part about how Jobs Now was set to expire Sept. 30.

“There is a time limit,” Newsom said. “We can’t keep you in jobs past Oct. 1.” He then said it was time for everyone to lobby Congress to extend funds for the program.

“We need to step up, which is why I invited you here,” he said.

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