Program to Cover Cost of New Employees

WorkNow Kentucky ( is a new program in eastern Kentucky that matches employers who need additional workers with qualified unemployed or underemployed parents and youth aged 16-24 — while covering 100 percent of the cost of wages and benefits for the new employees.

Administered by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (, WorkNow Kentucky will place individuals with an employer for a period of 10 weeks or less for 25-40 hours per week at no cost to the employer. Jobs may be created for a special project or to meet existing business needs. Public, private, nonprofit, for-profit, state and local government entities can participate as employers.

Based in Hazard, Kentucky, EKCEP provides exemplary training, employment, and workforce development programs to 23 mountain counties in eastern Kentucky. EKCEP has received $17.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Funds to implement the WorkNow Kentucky program.

Contact your local Workforce Investment Area representative or visit for more information.

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