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Getting A Job Is Tough After Getting Out Of Jail

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A new study released by CareerBuilder shows that half of the roughly 2300 businesses surveyed have hired people with a criminal record.

The survey shows that the first step is for potential employees to be honest about their past. Here in Idaho, the employers can qualify for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit if they hire someone within a year after they've been released from prison.

Workforce Consultant Joe Lozano says, "I also look at the type of skills that they have prior to being incarcerated, and then if they gained any other skills while they were in, because they have jobs for them to do while they're in prison."

Lozano says usually he helps a couple of people every week who've gotten out of jail and who are looking for work. He also has a list of local employers who hire former convicts, and he does his best to match them up.

Oct. 11, 2012.


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