They might as well have flushed the money down a toilet.
The government spent half a billion dollars on green jobs training – Only 10% of those trained found jobs.
Government-funded training for so-called green jobs has come to a near standstill in Snohomish County, having produced lackluster results.
Over the past few years, about 500 residents in the county attended short-term training programs with the hope of landing one of 25,000 or more green jobs expected to be needed in the state by 2020.
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So far, 95 of those 500 students have found jobs.
WorkForce Development Council of Snohomish County, which oversees training under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, recently put a hold on sending more people through the training program, which had a job placement rate of about 20 percent.
That’s still a higher placement rate for green-job training programs than the national rate, which is about 10 percent, according to a recent U.S. Department of Labor audit.
Nationwide, about $500 million in Recovery Act funds were allocated to train nearly 125,000 people for green careers. Nearly a year and a half later, the audit found, only 52,762 people had been trained and 8,035 had found jobs.