unemployment_jobs_m.jpgTALLAHASSEE (AP) _ Florida is participating in a new federal stimulus program aimed at putting jobless people back to work by subsidizing their pay and benefits through Sept. 20, 2010.

The Florida Back to Work program will reimburse employers for up to 95 percent of a new worker's wages, benefits and training during that period.

Cynthia Lorenzo, director of the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, said Thursday that it could create up to 25,000 jobs at an average hourly wage of $12.

Workers must meet federal low-income guidelines and have at least one child under 18.

Florida is eligible for up to $200 million in stimulus money for the program. No state matching dollars are required.