Georgia is trying to give young criminal offenders an advantage as they seek to enter the workforce. Those convicted of juvenile offenses frequently face hurdles when looking for a job. That can be discouraging and can lead them to become repeat offenders.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed three people to leadership positions in several state departments. One of those is a new agency: the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry. The newly-created program is part of Deal's criminal justice reform initiative.
Officials say 558 people in Georgia were impacted by the closure of Hostess Brands Inc. earlier this month. The Governor's Office of Workplace Development and the Georgia Department of Labor are asking job seekers to visit their local department of labor career center for information on unemployment insurance.
With the economy slowly reviving, federal funding to retrain the unemployed is back to pre-recession levels. Georgia workforce development officers say, they counted on federal stimulus funds to double their worker training programs.
Bryan County announced this week the state has certified it as a Work Ready community. But that announcement could be among the last, as federal funding for the $9.5 million Georgia Work Ready program will not be available next year.