Create Good Jobs

Problem: Our generation faces the biggest job shortage since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Solution: As a first step to providing more permanent, full-time, high-paying jobs, we should increase our national investment in education, training, technology, and infrastructure, and provide younger Americans more opportunities to develop critical work-force skills.

Detailed Proposal

The good news: Since the beginning of 1993, America's recovery has generated over 2.5 million new jobs. The bad news: Many of these new jobs are part-time or temporary positions, mostly in the service industry -- a step to building a lifetime career selling clothes at the mall.

Over half of all workers under 25 are paid hourly wages -- which means no health benefits -- and have earnings below the poverty line. Minimum wage has 26 percent less purchasing power today than it did in 1970.

The largest private employer in the U.S. today is not General Motors but Manpower Inc. -- a temporary employment agency. Manufacturing employment, where millions of our parents earned decent livings, is on the decline. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of new college graduates will outpace the number of new jobs by half a million a year, every year, for the rest of the decade.

In the past, when the U.S. has faced this kind of "permanent" unemployment, we've done one of two things: tried to create new jobs by stimulating the economy through increased government spending, or cut spending and taxes in an attempt to boost investment and growth.

Today, we need to do a little of both, adopting policies that will restore strong enough growth in the private economy, jump-start job creation, and begin to close our national "investment gap". To undertake this effort, the United States should

The harsh reality is that the job market is bleak -- and will be for some time. But these five actions would be important steps toward solving our job crisis and creating longer-lasting, higher-wage employment for millions in our generation.

America should get busy and help put us to wotk. It would be one of the best investments this country could make for the 1990s and beyond.

For More Information

The job-creation demand was designed with the help of the Progressive Policy Institute, a moderate Washington-based think tank with cutting-edge policy ideas. The PPI was instrumental in framing the economic platform that helped Bill Clinton get elected. For more ideas about how America can create better jobs and more economic growth, call
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