WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department is ending its freeze on new enrollments in the nation's federal Job Corps program, but budget constraints mean fewer youths will be admitted in the future.
The freeze which began on Jan. 28 prevented more than 10,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth from getting job training at 125 job centers around the country.
Labor officials say they were forced to halt new admissions because of a nearly $100 million shortfall in the program over the past two years. House and Senate lawmakers have blamed financial mismanagement at the Labor Department for causing the unexpected shortfall.
The 50-year-old program offers free education and vocational job training for students ages 16 to 24 and usually serves about 60,000 students each year.