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Around Town May 12, 2021

Jobs for teens can pay off for bosses

Linn County employers who hire first-time employees ages 14 to 19 this summer, can qualify for a $4 per hour stipend provided by a Youth Wage Grant.

The program, in its 16th year, is supported by Video Lottery funds designated for economic development and was initiated by the Linn County Board of Commissioners.

To qualify, businesses must hire eligible employees between May 1 and Sept. 30. The employee must be legal to work in the United States and a resident of Linn County.

In 2019, the program included 20 businesses and 44 young people and the county...