Report Says Green Jobs Program Far Short of Goals

Monday, 03 Oct 2011 04:14 PM

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department's inspector general says a $500 million program designed to train workers for green jobs has come up far short of its goals.

A report finds that only about 8,000 people participating in the program have actually found work so far. That's just 10 percent of the target goal of placing 80,000 workers in careers in energy efficiency or renewable energy by 2013.

The report says agencies receiving grant money have expressed concerns that jobs have not materialized.

The head of the department's Employment and Training Administration, Jane Oates, disagrees with the report and says she expects the number of job placements to increase.

The report comes as the Obama administration is taking heat for its $528 million loan to now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra LLC.

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