NEW HAVEN — U.S. Sen. Richard C. Blumenthal traveled to Gateway Community College November 14 to announce elements of his Pathways Back to Work Act, a bill he introduced which he says will offer both relief and training programs to individuals seeking work. The legislation would make $5 million available for a fund aimed at immediately creating jobs for unemployed adults; provide $1.5 billion for summer and year-round work for youth; and establish a $1.5 billion competitive grant program for businesses and agencies that offer work-related education and training programs for the unemployed. Calling long-term unemployment “a persistent problem that harms the middle class and economy as a whole,” Blumenthal said in a release that the bill will empower families and individuals in Connecticut by providing the skills and opportunities necessary to reconnect them with the workforce.