ATLANTA -- A spark-plug program is igniting jobs in Metro Atlanta and it's just over a month old.
Hire One Atlanta is an aggressive effort launched by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to get 100,000 unemployed people back to work.
So far, 677 companies have signed up with 5,000 people already added to the payrolls.
"We are not sitting down and complaining about unemployment. We are not saying woe is me. We are lifting up businesses that are getting off the sidelines and making hiring decisions and we are having that verified by third parties," Reed said.
Atlanta Business Chronicle Ed Baker and other program sponsors say they are realistic about the programs goals.