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Urban League Program Adds $76 Million to Black Community

Over $76 million "new" dollars have gone into the black community in salaries to 22,500 black workers since 1968 as a result of the National Urban League's On-The-Job Training Program, OJT Director Kenneth J. Lein announced recently.

The figure is the difference between what enrollees previously earned and their new earnings in OJT - so that the total actual earnings that went into the black community were much higher than the $76 million figure.

Lein said a comparison with other national job training programs indicates that League OJT is training recruits for less money, retains them longer and results in more jobs for them at higher wages.

The average League OJT cost per trainee nationally is $790, and 78% of those who start training with League OJT complete it and are still on the job six months later.

Working in 38 cities under a two-year contract from the Department of Labor, OJT staff in local Urban League affiliates are developing new job opportunities in industry, not filling long-vacant "dead-end" positions, and recruiting the unemployed and underemployed for everything from clerical, sales and professional jobs, to technical, managerial, bench work and "structural work" occupations."

With seven months still to go under its present contract, Lein said OJT has already exceeded its 6400 man quota by 35% and expects to do still better in spite of the sluggish economy.

Lein pointed out that the government's OJT investment for 1971 of $9 million will be amply returned to it in the form of taxes, which last year were estimated at $10,803,780 or 13.5% of the workers' aggregate income of $80,028,000.

A unique aspect of the program, Lein said, and the reason why it is attractive to black workers, is the fact that the paid training slots have "meaningful, guaranteed" jobs at the end. Similarly, industry gains confident workers from League counselling and placement.

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