Earlier this month, positions were still available in Athens County for the summer youth employment program there, but the director of the agency operating Meigs County’s summer program said Thursday there is a full slate of workers and a waiting list of others here.
Chris Shank, executive director of the Department of Job and Family Services, said young people 14-24 have been placed in seasonal jobs in the county’s three local school districts, Carleton School and Meigs Industries, villages and county offices. They are paid between $7.30 and $10 per hour, depending on their job assignment.
The job duties vary, too, depending on where the worker is assigned, but at the courthouse, for example, the young workers are performing maintenance duties, moving records, cleaning, sweeping and removing trash.
The state made $238,000 available to Meigs County and $45 million to counties statewide through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for young workers at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.