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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Recovery Act recipient reports came out again last week -- detailing what jobs were created as a direct result of a project grant.  Since one-third of the Recovery Act was tax cuts, and every dollar invested has spin-off benefits to the larger economy, the Council on Economic Advisors has estimated the Recovery Act has created up to 3.6 million jobs.

“Preliminary totals provided to my office provide encouraging news about the Recovery Act recipient reports.  These reports will show over 750,000 jobs were directly funded by the Recovery Act in the most recent quarter - the highest total so far.   This record number reflects the early impact of our surge in projects across the country as part of “Recovery Summer,” [said Vice President Joe Biden].

“Given that these 750,000 jobs were funded by just 17 percent of funds paid out so far - or about $80 billion, today's reports are another indication that the Recovery Act is on-track to create or save 3.5 million jobs overall by the end of this year…[said the Vice President].  [White House, 7/30/10]

Boston Herald (Massachusetts) - Mass. announces second-quarter stimulus jobs

The Patrick administration today said in the second quarter, federal stimulus money has funded 10,432 full-time equivalent positions in Massachusetts, an increase of 57 percent over last quarter. The state said its number refers only to stimulus awards granted directly to state government agencies.

The state claims that a total of 27,044 individuals - part-time as well as full-time - received paychecks thanks to stimulus funds. Since the stimulus program began in February 2009, over 41,830 individuals in Massachusetts have received at least one paycheck funded by the federal stimulus, the state said. [7/30/10]

The Business Journal (Ohio) - Stimulus Funds Support 21K Ohio Jobs

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act generated nearly 21,000 direct, full-time jobs in Ohio during the second quarter, reports the state's budget director, J. Pari Sabety.

'During the last quarter we saw a significant increase in spending of ARRA dollars, especially in construction-related projects, aiding in Ohio's recovery,' Sabety said. [8/2/10]

Deseret News (Utah) - Stimulus credited with creating or saving 5,800 Utah jobs in 2nd quarter

Just more than 5,800 jobs were created or saved in Utah by federal stimulus funding over the past three months, according to figures released Friday.

Utah already had received nearly $1.1 billion of the $219 billion in stimulus funds awarded nationally since the act was passed in 2009. Utah has been awarded a total of $2 billion in stimulus funds, according to the new data.

Utah reported creating or saving more than 4,000 jobs at the state level alone, including more than 1,000 jobs in higher education and about 110 for a weatherization assistance program. [7/30/10]

KGTV ABC-10 (California) - 10News Examines How Stimulus Funds Are Used In San Diego

In San Diego County, $1.5 billion in federal grants has been awarded to local groups in order to create or save jobs.

Intended to spark job creation, taxpayers are spending $9.1 million on a new military child development center at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Marc Penick, CEO of TB Penick & Sons, which was awarded the contract for the center, said good paying jobs have resulted.

“I predict about 350 to 400 jobs overall on this project,' he said.

Several local construction companies are benefiting from the ARRA money, including HRD Architecture. It received $6.5 million for a hospital on Camp Pendleton, and the company reported that 23 jobs have been created just for the project, with 37 more expected.

Ramona-based RA Burch Construction was awarded $12 million for military renovation. It reported 85 jobs created as a result.

In downtown San Diego, St. Vincent de Paul received $6.6 million for a child development center and affordable housing. It reported to 10News that the project is creating 365 construction jobs and, eventually, 17 permanent positions.

In Chula Vista, the Institute for Public Strategies obtained a $2.8 million grant for social services, stating 14 jobs were created. [7/30/10]

KTVU FOX-2 (California) - Boxer Tours Jobs And Training Center

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Zoe Lofgren (CA-16)]

Amid a bleak job market and troubled economy, a jobs training and placement agency in San Jose showed off three of its most successful and sought-after training programs to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer Friday.

The Center for Employment Training places between 70 and 90 percent of its culinary arts graduates in jobs at facilities such as hospitals, schools, hotels or resorts, according to Regional Director Ezequiel Guzman.

'If it weren't for the recovery funding, we wouldn't be able to do this,' said Hermelinda Sapien, the center's executive director.

Sapien said the school recently received a $3 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will allow a remodel and upgrade of the school's facilities. [7/31/10]

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