Teenagers and young adults who get jobs as part of the Washington, D.C., mayor's summer-jobs program will receive their pay this year on Visa-branded payroll cards issued by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the company announced today. About 19,000 youth are enrolled, the company says. Employers automatically load the pay onto the cards, and young workers can spend the funds by using the cards to make purchases or by using a personal identification number to withdraw cash from ATMs, David Umansky, a spokesperson for the mayor's office, tells CardLine. The cards help employers pay workers more quickly and easily than with checks, Umanksy says. "We were looking for a way to get the money to the young people as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible," he adds. The other benefit is that the card teaches young consumers how to use payment cards and manage money, he says. The young workers can check their card balances by calling a dedicated phone number or by visiting the same Chase Web site that all of the bank's customers use to check debit card balances, says John T. Murray III, a Chase spokesperson.

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