YouthWorks program offering summer jobs



Baltimore's 2006 YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program is taking applications through April 28 to employ about 5,500 young people this summer.

Students, ages 14 to 21, will participate in a five- to six-week summer job program. Job placements include city agencies, nonprofit organizations, hotels, restaurants, health institutions, summer camps, retail stores and other companies in Baltimore.

The annual work force development program is an opportunity for students to learn about six high-growth industries, as defined by the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board: health care, bioscience, business services, computer-Internet-software services, construction and hospitality/tourism.

Participants will be paid the minimum wage, which was recently increased to $6.15 an hour.

Applications are available at the Mayor's Office of Employment Development One-Stop Career Centers, area recreation centers and most Baltimore public high and middle schools. Information: or 410-396-JOBS.


March Madness to cost firms billions

March Madness could be madder than ever this year. Mad as in crazy fun for workers who tap into CBS Sports' free online broadcast of the NCAA basketball tournament at their desks; mad as in just plain peeved for employers tallying lost work hours. A Chicago firm that tracks workplace issues estimates that employers will lose $3.8 billion in wages paid to workers who will be too busy cheering their teams on through the brackets to build spreadsheets or write reports on their computers by the time the championship game is played April 3. Working with Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and information from the Internet tracking firm Hitwise about time spent on the college hoops site during last year's tournament, the firm estimated that if fans spend just 13.5 minutes per day online keeping up with the action, the cost could be $3.8 billion.


42% of resumes found inaccurate

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