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In search for teen jobs, Walsh becomes telemarketer-in-chief

Mayor, top staff work phones, calling companies in search of summer jobs for 12,000 Boston teenagers

With youth unemployment near record levels in Massachusetts and the nation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and top officials of his administration took a half hour on Monday to call about 70 Boston area companies to ask them to offer summer jobs to the city’s youth. The mayor, due to give his first speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, personally cold-called 12 companies. It’s unclear how many commitments or summer jobs the effort will generate since about 95 percent of the calls went to voice mail, a spokeswoman said, but the administration will follow up.

Walsh has set a goal of finding jobs for 12,000 teenagers this summer, aiming to beat the record of 10,000 jobs set last summer by his predecessor, Thomas M. Menino.

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