Obama's Summer Job Plan Targets 10 Markets: Secure Your Job Now
President Obama announced this month that he would be accelerating stimulus spending to save and create 600,000 new jobs this summer. Obama's plan, known as the Roadmap to Recovery, targets 10 specific markets. Find out what these markets are now so that you can secure your job as soon as possible.
#1 Health Centers
The Department of Health and Human Services has been charged with creating jobs at more than 1,100 health canters in 50 states and eight territories. The project is expected to expand on the services that these health centers can offer so that affordable, quality health care is more readily available to some 300,000 patients.
#2 National Parks
The National Park System hasn't received the money it's needed in recent years to complete long-overdue projects. The Roadmap to Recovery plan will remedy the situation by pledging money to more than 100 National Parks that need work and preservation. Projects will include trails, road maintenance, abandoned land mines, construction and facility management.
#3 Education (Teaching and Administration)
The Department of Education is infusing states with one-time payments to help fund more than 135,000 jobs for teachers, administrators and school support staff. Although states have some discretion in spending the money, funds are expected to be pledged toward everything from early childhood initiatives to adult education programs.
#4 Veteran Medical Centers
In the next 100 days, improvements will begin at nearly 100 VA medical centers in 38 different states. Many of these centers need updates to modernize existing facilities. Money has also been pledged to improve the centers' renewable energy systems. Projects are expected to include HVAC systems, water conservation systems and window replacements.
#5 Law Enforcement
The numbers of law enforcement officers protecting the streets have dwindled significantly. To address this problem, Obama has pledged money to hire new officers and retrain members of veteran forces. This money is expected to save or create approximately 5,000 jobs.
#6 Waste and Water Systems
The Roadmap to Recovery calls for 200 new waste and water systems to be built across rural America. These projects will take place in small communities that need updated water mains and waste water systems. Specific cities include Ironwood, Michigan; Koontz Lake, Indiana; Racine, Ohio; and Syracuse, Ohio.
#7 Superfund Cleanup
The Superfund program was started nearly 30 years ago to clean up waste sites that are hazardous to human health and the environment. To keep the program going and help boost local economies, money has been pledged for new projects at 20 high-priority Superfund sites.
#8 Transportation Construction
The Roadmap to Recovery plan includes transportation construction projects at airports and on interstates around the nation. Work will take place at 98 airports and over 1,500 highway locations.
#9 Military Construction
The Department of Defense will initiate 2,300 construction projects over the summer at more than 350 U.S. military facilities. Projects include safety improvements, solar energy installations and living quarter repairs.
#10 Summer Youth Jobs
More than 125,000 summer jobs will be created for young people who are still in high school or about to enter college. The goal is to keep them off the street and provide them with the type of valuable work experience that colleges and employers like to see.
Where Will the Jobs Be?
The White House has published a visual map of the Roadmap to Recovery program. You can see this visual representation of where the jobs will be created or saved by viewing the map online.