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Does the Stimulus Package Include a Job for You?

Stimulus JobsCould the federal economic stimulus help you get a job? If you’re looking for work in construction, alternative energy research and development, information technology, special education, or transportation engineering, there could be something for you in the $787 billion package (officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.

Here’s a list of where just some of the $317 billion in the spending portion of the bill is being aimed. If you work in these industries, there might be an opportunity for you to send your resume.

Energy and Environment ($98.2 billion)

  • Research and development of renewable energy and updating energy building codes ($14.4B)
  • Clean coal development and capture technologies ($4.6B)
  • Modernize and enhance electric grid ($4.5B)

Education

  • $41.6B for education, some of it targeted at special education and education for the disadvantaged.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development ($57.1 billion)

  • Highway repair and construction ($27.5B)
  • Construction and maintenance of public transit systems ($8.4B)
  • Highway and bridge projects, interstate rehabilitation (up to $5.5B)
  • High-speed rail corridor program ($2B)

Commerce and Science ($12.8 billion)

  • Deployment of wireless and broadband Internet access; digital TV conversion ($7.65B)
  • Construction of technology and science research facilities (up to $475M)

Health Care ($19 billion)

Which states will get these jobs? Every one, apparently, with the most populous states getting the most. See this map for state-by-state estimates.

Also, stay abreast of the latest developments on the stimulus.

Do you think the federal economic stimulus package will help put more people to work? Give us your views in the Comments section below.
 

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