TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Jobless New Jersey residents may soon be able to receive training from potential new employers without jeopardizing their unemployment benefits.

The measure, scheduled to go before the full Assembly on Thursday, is part of a multi-bill package that proponents claim will create jobs and boost New Jersey’s economy.

The plan is modeled after a Georgia program that lets unemployed people receive six weeks of jobs training. In Georgia, more than 11,000 employers have participated in the program, subsequently hiring 42 percent of the trainees.

If it becomes law in New Jersey, those participating in the program could get up to 24 hours of training per week and up to $100 per week to help defray training-related costs, including transportation, clothing and child care.

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