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Thomas Edward Perez

Obama proposing more spending on job training programs

As part of his budget recommendations next week, President Barack Obama will propose spending nearly $6 billion more on programs designed to help young people land their first job.

Some of the recommendations have been made before without success and it's unclear if they'll fare any better this year.

The White House said Wednesday that much of the money would fund grants designed to cover up to half of a young person's wages. Another grant program would subsidize community partnerships that focus on helping at-risk youth get a high school diploma and a job.

About one in seven Americans between the ages of 16-24 are not in school and don't have a job. The White House...