2016-06-01 / Front Page

Jobs program puts 15 to work

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

Thirteen people from Willacy County have been hired to work on a temporary basis under a program funded by the U.S. Labor Department.

Texas Workforce Solutions is administering the program.

Francisco Almaraz, its CEO, said the $144,000 grant provides enough funding to pay salaries for 15 people.

So far, he said, they have hired 13 and will be adding two more to the payroll.

The job creation is tied to the October rain that caused widespread flooding to several parts of the county, mainly in the San Perlita/Santa Monica area and south and northwest areas of Raymondville.

However, the 13 people hired are cleaning debris, brush and trash in the Sebastian area.

Almaraz said the hirees have reported to work and will be working for the next 24 weeks.

He said they still needed two more people to fill the open slots, and they were added to the list in mid May.

“It takes time to fill out all the paper work,” Almarez said. “They are all working now.”

A job pays $10 an hour and it’s for 40 hours a week.

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