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Area Residents Looking For Work Hope The American Jobs Act Will Be Beneficial

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The president has a jobs bill that he promises “will put people to work,” mainly school teachers, construction workers, and law enforcement officials. Not necessarily people like Sharon Howarth.

Eyewitness News followed Howarth around at a job fair Monday afternoon.

For 23 years, the mother of one worked at Rohm and Haas, a well-known chemical manufacturing company in Philadelphia.

“I started at the bottom and worked my way up to human resources,” said Howarth of Berlin, New Jersey.

She says when the company was sold, she was laid off. She got a severance package and currently collects unemployment.

Howarth was among the hundreds of people who attended a job fair this afternoon at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

While finding employment for this group is important, there’s another group that needs help.

“Being smart on crime means we do all we can to reduce recidivism,” said District Attorney Seth Williams.

City leaders are increasing efforts to find employment for people who’ve been incarcerated. According to a new report by The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the unemployment rate for former inmates in urban areas is 60 percent.

“We are very, very focused on employment,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.” “People who were in prison face unique challenges that deserve some extra attention.”

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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  • Another Jean

    The Bush years put us in this hole, with many thousands of jobs sent overseas. It’s time to do something different. Let’s pass this bill and get moving!

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  • Guess Who

    The only people getting any money from Ol’ Bluelips are his union supporters. The rest of us will be paying for it.

  • crafty 1

    I’m glad I didn’t vote for a President. I didn’t vote for Cain because his campaign was so ragedy and desperate, I just didn’t have confidence that he would do well. I didn’t vote for Obama because I had not even heard of him until about 6 months before the election. To me, he just came out of nowhere. But, I’ll tell you what. If Hillary had stayed in the running, I would have voted for her. She seems to know more about the job then either Cain or Obama in my opinion.

  • Linda

    He’s lying again his lips are moving. obummer is playing the same old broken record and the sad part is, some idiots still believe him, sad, sad, sad. In my opinion he is nothing but a bully and a terrorist that is trying his darndest to destroy America which will take us many, many years to repair.

  • dave

    The President is at it again. He is so commited to the redistribution of wealth, that every new program or idea contains tax increases on the wealthy. Have you noticed? Government does not creat jobs or wealth, it destroys them, as you have seen these past three years. Don’t ever believe him!

  • MacinJersey

    Being unemplyed I am skeptical of all the noise. Am afraid it is just more talk during an election year when the president is not very popular right now. And it still has to get through congress and we have seen how that has been going lately.

  • Anonymous

    The way I see it, it’s coming to the point here in the US where we’re going to have to go overseas to get jobs since our jobs are being outsourced to them. Such a shame this economy is in.

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