Thousands of new summer jobs are being created in North Texas with millions of dollars in federal stimulus money.
"They have to be new jobs, that are not in existence now," said youth search manager Jorge Guerra with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.
North Texas is getting more than $15.6 million for the Summer Youth Employment Program. That's enough to create thousands of new summer jobs, paying from $7.50 to $12.50 an hour. Qualified applicants from 14 to 24 years old are eligible.
The new jobs come just in time for North Texas teenagers looking to make some money this summer. Competition for summer jobs this year is brutal, with many more going to unemployed adults looking for a paycheck.
Tarrant County alone is getting more than $4.3 million, enough to create as many as 900 new summer jobs. More than 20 of them will be with the Fort Worth Public Library.
These aren't make-work jobs, either.
"These jobs we think will teach the young people people some skills that they can use later on in life," said Sheila Scullock with the Fort Worth Public Library.
Applications are being accepted on line at www.workforcesolutions.net