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Hundreds Of Summer Jobs Sought For Youths

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A state-funded program is underway to put hundreds of young people in western Massachusetts to work this summer.

There is funding available to put 900 youths from the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, and Westfield to work this summer. 

Dave Cruise, president of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County said the demand for summer jobs always exceeds the supply.

"We still are looking for some works sites for this summer, and one of the purposes of this campaign is to rally employers and organizations to become involved as our partner this summer," said Cruise.

The state legislature approved $11.5 million dollars to subsidize youth employment in Massachusetts this summer.

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