Port Commits Additional $3 Million to Community Benefit Programs to Aid COVID-19 Recovery

Port Commits Additional $3 Million to Community Benefit Programs to Aid COVID-19 Recovery

June 25th, 2020 — PortSeattle.org

Port of Seattle Commissioners this week approved new COVID-19 recovery measures by committing an additional $3 million to community benefit programs. The additional $3 million commitment will go to short-term, recovery programs that strengthen Port-related industries, create jobs, and spur spending in the regional economy. The investments will be evenly split between workforce development programs aimed at Opportunity Youth (youth between 16-24 from underserved communities) and investments to rebuild economic opportunity through tourism. The youth unemployment more than tripled from a typical 8 percent before the pandemic to 27 and 25 percent in April and May of 2020. Through the end of April, job losses within the leisure and hospitality sector represented 42 percent of all job losses in the state.

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