Returning to the Promise of Full Employment: A Federal Job Guarantee in the United States

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The economic dice are loaded in America, the economy forever plagued by structural problems that perpetuate inequality.

This report details how a federal job guarantee would restore psychological balance and dignity to the millions of unemployed individuals who desire to work, but cannot. In particular, an FJG would:

  • address the long-standing unjust and discriminatory barriers that keep large segments of stigmatized populations out of the labor force;
  • reverse the rising tide of inequality for all workers by strengthening their labor market bargaining power and eliminating the threat of unemployment;
  • raise the wages of millions in the private sector by setting a substantially higher minimum compensation package; and
  • expand the provision of public goods and services in the United States.