Melton’s summer jobs goal in question

Mayor Frank Melton announced plans today to put 600 young people to work in city government this summer.

But it is unclear if he will be able to meet the goal.

The plans were first announced this morning during a news conference Melton called at City Hall. He said the city would be expanding its existing summer youth employment program by partnering with IMS Technical Institute in Jackson.

Melton said the city planned to place 300 young people from IMS’ summer program in city government jobs this summer.

“We’ll be up to close to 600 kids this summer,” he said.