- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new Missouri summer jobs program provided more than 3,000 low-income youth with work experience.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that about 3,100 St. Louis and Kansas City-area residents between the ages of 16 and 24 found work through the program.

Money set aside to pay the youth primarily came from unused funds from the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Nixon says participants received $8 an hour for up to 240 hours of work throughout the summer.

The goal was to find work for about 3,500 youths in the areas. But Nixon spokesman Scott Holste says not all applicants met income, age and geographic eligibility requirements.

Nearly 800 employers partnered with the state to offer the summer jobs and internships.

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