Sat., February 20, 2010 9:36am (EST)

Federal Money to Help People on Welfare Get Jobs Goes Unclaimed
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Many states don't touch federal money intended to help welfare recipients get jobs. (photo by Clementine Gallot via Flickr)
Many states don't touch federal money intended to help welfare recipients get jobs. (photo by Clementine Gallot via Flickr)
Congress has set aside billions of dollars to help states find jobs for people on welfare, but most states including Georgia haven’t claimed their share.

The federal government has doled out just $1 billion of the $5 billion package.

The program will expire at the end of September.

Many states haven’t touched it because they’re worried about what will happen when the money runs out.

Critics of the program say states can’t pony up the matching funds the program requires.