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Crew from ‘60 Minutes’ Taping in Norwalk

Scott Pelley, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor, reportedly interviewed local residents as well as a representative of The WorkPlace, Inc., a Bridgeport-based organization that provides job training, at Norwalk City Hall on Tuesday.

A crew from the CBS news show "60 Minutes" was reportedly at Tuesday to tape part of a segment about Fairfield County residents whose .

According to a report in The Hour of Norwalk, Scott Pelley, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor, interviewed local residents as well as a representative of The WorkPlace, Inc., a Bridgeport-based organization that provides job training.

The six area residents interviewed are reportedly participating in the WorkPlace's Platform to Employment (P2E) program, which assists people whose 99 weeks of unemployment benefits are set to soon expire.

Back in July Norwalk Patch reported that Fairfield County, which has escaped past economic downturns with little more than a flesh wound, has been , with unemployment rising to about 9 percent in the past four years, consistent with the national average.

In a published on Norwalk Patch, Town Council hopeful David McCarthy wrote that the Platform to Employment (P2E) project “is bringing together employers and potential employees and taking out the risks and liability of initial employment by providing resources and structure. The rules that are intended to protect workers in the good times are serving as a significant barrier to employment now and [this] program eliminates this issue.”

“By leveraging its volunteer database and marrying it to training and assistance programs and delivering the end result to a group of employers willing to provide short-term employment without the paperwork and attendant risk, The Workplace, Inc. intends to create what could be called an 8-week subsidized job interview experience,” McCarthy wrote. “The goal is to place workers permanently into 100 jobs. The issue? The cost of that 8-week short term employment is $6,000 apiece.”

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