237 firms agree to participate in jobs plan

Some 237 firms have signed on to a government program that pays them to hire new members of the workforce.

The program is Mi Primer Empleo, and the government announced the plan just last Monday.

The government said that  5,153 job seekers had signed up for the program too. The employers are obligated to accept persons from the government list in order to be compensated. They have to hire young men, women of any age or the disabled, according to the rules.

The goal is to put 30,000 persons to work. The program is directed by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, which is working with the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and the Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo, which will provide the money.

Employers will get 1.46 million colons or about $2,750 in two payments for hiring the designated individuals.

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