BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that the legislature approved his proposal to allocate $3 million per year for the next five years ($15 million) in the state budget for job training for veterans and youth.
In November 2012, California voters passed Proposition 39 - the Clean Energy Jobs Act which, among other things, dedicates millions of dollars for projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California.
“The millions of dollars allocated in the budget will go to train individuals in communities like those in the Central Valley which have been some of the hardest economically hit areas of the state,” said Assemblymember Salas. “
With the California green economy growing at four times faster than the state’s, it is imperative that we provide individuals and communities who have been hit the hardest with the resources, tools and skills needed to acquire the jobs in this growing sector, ” concluded Salas.
The budget allocation compliments Assemblymember Salas’ Assembly Bill (AB) 114, which establishes a training program in the California Workforce Investment Board to prepare disadvantaged veterans and youth from disadvantaged communities to enter California’s growing green economy.
As of October 2012, young veterans had an alarming unemployment rate of 43.9%. As a result of limited resources and opportunities, low income communities require additional tools to help get individuals back into the labor force, and break the cycle of poverty.
The budget allocation and AB 114 will assist cities with high unemployment rates.
Unemployment rates for Kern County cities include: Arvin 32.5%, Delano 31.3%, McFarland 25.8 %, Shafter 22.1% and Wasco 23 %.
Unemployment rates for Kings County cities include: Armona 18.3%, Avenal 21.6%, Corcoran 14.4%, Hanford 12.1%, Home Garden 30.2%, Kettleman City 21.1%, Lemoore 12.1% and Stratford 32.6%.