Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00

A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st Century

Written by Rachel West, Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach | Center for American Progress

Unlocking Labor-Market Opportunities for All Who Seek Work

Despite the gradual return of the unemployment rate to prerecession levels, some workers still have not benefited from the economic recovery. Even in healthy economies, high rates of joblessness remain a persistent problem for individuals who face severe labor-market disadvantages or barriers to employment. These individuals include people with criminal records, people with disabilities, individuals with limited education and minimal work experience, and opportunity youth—young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school or working.These workers are often the last to be hired—even in good times—and the first to be laid off in tough times. Other groups—such as the long-term unemployed and older workers— suffered disproportionately during the recession and continue to experience elevated unemployment rates even as the economy recovers and adds jobs.

These individuals are denied the economic security and opportunity that comes with employment. Furthermore, eligibility for government safety net programs is increasingly tied to work, meaning that those who are excluded from the labor market often have limited access to resources and supports that would help them and their families make ends meet and advance in the labor market. While some resources are available to specific groups through programs such as unemployment insurance, or UI, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, no dedicated funding is available to states that wish to create employment opportunities for all who seek work.

Targeted policy action is required to help these disadvantaged and detached groups regain and sustain employment. This report discusses one promising solution: a national subsidized jobs program, which would provide states with flexible options to create job opportunities for workers who have not succeeded in finding employment through the usual channels. A national subsidized jobs program would create targeted work opportunities and is an idea that could attract bipartisan support.

For struggling workers and their families, subsidized jobs would alleviate hardship in the short term by generating immediate work-based income, while also providing valuable work experience to improve workers’ employment credentials and help them escape poverty. A national subsidized jobs program would also serve as a buffer for our nation’s economy—softening the impact of future downturns by counteracting increases in unemployment, enabling businesses to preserve and expand their workforces, and boosting demand in local communities. This program could supplement the UI system and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, as an automatic economic stabilizer.

Recent experience with subsidized jobs programs—notably, those implemented by states in 2009 and 2010 using stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—shows that subsidized jobs programs work to achieve these goals. A subsidized jobs program cannot replace the need for broader changes to labor policy such as a higher minimum wage and widespread job creation, but it would offer a powerful tool to ensure that all who seek employment have the opportunity to participate in the labor market.

A successful national subsidized jobs program would connect participants with suitable employers, providing participants with a work-based source of earned income and valuable labor-market experience while preparing them to eventually transition into unsubsidized employment. Under a competitive grant structure, states could help workers get a foothold in the labor market and partner with local employers. Specifically, a national subsidized jobs program would:

  • Create job opportunities for disadvantaged workers who face barriers to employment, as well as connect participants with wraparound services on an as-needed basis to support them in their work
  • Help workers who experience prolonged spells of unemployment re-enter the labor force
  • Provide opportunities for businesses to train prospective new employees
  • Serve as an automatic economic stabilizer during economic downturns

Lawmakers should consider subsidized jobs as an important component of an economic mobility agenda for the 21st century.

Link to original article from Center for American Progress

Read 18645 times

Sen. Warren on TPP

Latest News

  • Trump administration's voter suppression attempts ahead of midterms are not only 'morally wrong,' they're illegal +

    Trump administration's voter suppression attempts ahead of midterms are not only 'morally wrong,' they're illegal Imagine going to the polls on Election Day and discovering that your ballot could be collected and reviewed by the Read More
  • ACLU Blueprints Offer Vision to Cut US Incarceration Rate in Half by Prioritizing 'People Over Prisons' +

    ACLU Blueprints Offer Vision to Cut US Incarceration Rate in Half by Prioritizing 'People Over Prisons' ACLU Blueprints Offer Vision to Cut US Incarceration Rate in Half by Prioritizing 'People Over Prisons' Read More
  • As Florence Makes Landfall, Poorest Once More Likely to Suffer Most From Storm's Destruction +

    As Florence Makes Landfall, Poorest Once More Likely to Suffer Most From Storm's Destruction "These disasters drag into the light exactly who is already being thrown away," notes Naomi Klein Read More
  • How about some good news? Kansas Democratic Representative advances bill for Native Peoples. +

    How about some good news? Kansas Democratic Representative advances bill for Native Peoples. How about some good news? Kansas Democratic Representative advances bill for Native Peoples. Read More
  • How One Dying Man Changed The Debate About The Tax Bill +

    How One Dying Man Changed The Debate About The Tax Bill What mattered was that he showed up — that he put himself in front of the people whose opinions on Read More
  • Democrats Just Won a Major Victory in Virginia +

    Democrats Just Won a Major Victory in Virginia On a night of Democratic victories, one of the most significant wins came in Virginia, where the party held onto Read More
  • Repealing the Jim Crow law that keeps 1.5 million Floridians from voting. +

    Repealing the Jim Crow law that keeps 1.5 million Floridians from voting. A seismic political battle that could send shockwaves all the way to the White House was launched last week in Read More
  • Nuclear Weapons: Who Pays, Who Profits? +

    Nuclear Weapons: Who Pays, Who Profits? In an interview with Reuters conducted a month after he took office, Donald Trump asserted that the U.S. had “fallen Read More
  • Sessions issues sweeping new criminal charging policy +

    Sessions issues sweeping new criminal charging policy Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and directed Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Featured TPP, TITIP and TISA News

  • Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch on the Demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Lame-Duck Session of Congress +

    Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch on the Demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Lame-Duck Session of Congress The news that the White House and Republican congressional leaders have given up on passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is Read More
  • No, Trump Didn’t Kill the TPP — Progressives Did +

    No, Trump Didn’t Kill the TPP — Progressives Did If you read the headlines, Donald Trump’s election has killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The headlines have it wrong. Read More
  • "It's About Letting Giant Corporations Rig the Rules": Warren Skewers TPP +

    Democratic senator from Massachusetts offers fresh criticism of trade deal in new video Read More
  • WTO Authorizes Over $1 Billion in Sanctions Unless U.S. Guts Popular Country-of-Origin Meat Labels, Disproving Obama Claim That Trade Pacts Can’t Undermine Public Interest Policies +

    WTO Authorizes Over $1 Billion in Sanctions Unless U.S. Guts Popular Country-of-Origin Meat Labels, Disproving Obama Claim That Trade Pacts Can’t Undermine Public Interest Policies Today’s World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against the U.S. country-of-origin meat labels (COOL) that consumers rely on to make informed Read More
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership: Exporting U.S. Meat, Dairy, and Disease +

    Trans-Pacific Partnership: Exporting U.S. Meat, Dairy, and Disease Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade agreement between 12 nations—ended earlier this week. The likely passage of the agreement means Read More
  • Protesting Big Pharma 'Death Sentence,' Cancer Patient Arrested Outside TPP Talks +

    Protesting Big Pharma 'Death Sentence,' Cancer Patient Arrested Outside TPP Talks 'For thousands of women to die unnecessary of breast cancer because of the TPP is a horrible, cruel, premeditated, and Read More
  • Obama trade agenda inches toward passage with Senate vote on ‘fast track’ +

    Obama trade agenda inches toward passage with Senate vote on ‘fast track’ A razor-thin Senate vote Tuesday put President Obama on the cusp of claiming victory for his ambitious international trade agenda, Read More
  • Fast Track Down +

    Fast Track Down The Fast Track trade authority package was rejected Friday because two years of effort by a vast corporate coalition, the Read More
  • Shock: Congress Plots to Pay for Reviled TPP Deal by Raiding Medicare +

    Shock: Congress Plots to Pay for Reviled TPP Deal by Raiding Medicare It just doesn't get more cynical than this. Note that we're talking about a bipartisan trade deal, thanks to 14 Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Put Trade in the Spotlight

CWA devised a simple plan for which they were united suited: drag TPP out of the shadows and into the light - one city at a time - using a medium they understand intimately: Daily Newspapers!

Two CWA members - Dave Felice in Denver, CO and Madelyn Elder in Portland, OR have started the ball rolling. We just need to keep up the momentum.

Button-ShareTPPWithNewspaper