Only 16% Of Workers In Obama’s Green Jobs Training Program Found And Kept Jobs

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Another flop for Obama’s “green jobs” agenda.

President Obama’s green jobs training program, which was part of his stimulus, has failed on most key jobs measures, according to a new internal audit that found it was training workers who already had jobs that didn’t need green energy skills, and was failing to place new enrollees in jobs once they finished the training.

The Labor Department’s inspector general also said grantees who received the green jobs-training money did a poor job of reporting their results.

Only 38 percent of those who have completed training got jobs based on it, and only 16 percent kept jobs for at least six months — the key measure of success for the program. …

Of those workers who already had energy-sector jobs, the auditors said they were retrained, even though they didn’t need it.

The problem with Obama’s “green jobs” agenda is that green jobs are based in an industry that is entirely dependent on the government. Without government subsidies, mandates and protectionism wind and solar and ethanol wouldn’t exist in the energy market.

So of course training new workers for an industry that will only grow in so far as government subsidies for it grows aren’t likely to have a bright career outlook.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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