« 'Where Have all the Workers Gone?' | Main | Links for 11-18-15 »

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An Essential Part of Job Creation Policy is Missing

My latest column:

An Essential Part of Job Creation Policy is Missing: The presidential candidates from both parties have focused on the struggles of the working class, and rightly so. Inequality has been rising, jobs have been hard to find, and when jobs do appear they tend to pay low wages and offer few if any benefits.  There is little security due to globalization and digital technology, and workers cannot count on adequate social insurance to insulate them from the high costs of unemployment.
Meanwhile, as wages for those who do have jobs stagnate, the costs of childcare, health care, housing, utilities, college, transportation, insurance, food, recreation (how many hours at the minimum wage are required to simply take a family of four to the movies?) and so on continue to rise making it harder and harder for families to make ends meet.
So the candidates have focused on how to create jobs that pay a decent wage. But there is an important facet of job creation that is being left out of these and other discussions...

    Posted by on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10:17 AM in Economics, Unemployment | Permalink  Comments (118)


    Comments

    Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.