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Unemployment

Jobs for America Now, a broad coalition of 60 national organizations including ADA, announced specific policy points and a grassroots, coordinated campaign to pass legislation in Congress that will put America back to work.

Jobs for America Now supports a five-point jobs plan that would:

  • Provide relief through continued and expanded unemployment benefits, COBRA and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  This relief aids those without jobs while at the same time creating jobs by boosting consumer spending.
  • Extend substantial fiscal relief to state and local governments.  Without this aid, state and local governments will have to cut their budgets, budget cuts that would lead to substantial job losses in both the public and private sector.
  • Create jobs that put people to work helping communities meet pressing needs, including in distressed communities that face severe unemployment.
  • Invest in infrastructure improvements in schools, transportation and energy efficiency, thus providing jobs in the short run and productivity enhancements in the longer run.
  • Spur private-sector job growth through innovative incentives and providing credit to small and medium-sized businesses.

What is the Real Rate of Unemployment?

The numbers on Wall Street are improving and the housing market is stabilizing but rampant unemployment is preventing a true economic recovery.  The unemployment rate reported by the Labor Department each month is hovering around 9% but ADA calculates real unemployment at just under 17%.

The real rate includes marginally attached workers which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports “are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the recent past.  Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not looking currently for a job.  Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule."

Youth Unemployment

The employment rates for workers are in a state of crisis, but especially so for young workers. Over 3 million people between the ages 16- 24 years old are out of work. Putting the youth of this nation to work is a key to the long term recovery of the economy. In addition, it is critical to ensure that these workers begin their working careers in gainful employment, not as unemployed adults.

We propose two courses of action: the AFL-CIO’s five point plan in addition to “ADA’s Corps” Budget Plan. The AFL-CIO’s five point plan to a stable recovery is a comprehensive plan that addresses many of the overall problems that need to be undertaken, from infrastructure repair to funding for state and local governments. ADA’s Corps Budget Plan, calls for the expansion of the existing programs; AmeriCorps, Job Corps, and the Peace Corps program. Additional funding of these existing programs can put thousands of young people to work immediately; they have existing structures, existing projects, and are “shovel ready”. The additional infrastructure that they may need to under gird the increased programs would also be well spent.

ADA is also committed to advocating direct job creation by the federal government. It is critical that this not be a jobless recovery, that young people join the workforce as participants, and that workers have an opportunity to earn wages and begin to contribute to the federal treasury. That is the most productive way to deal with the issue of the federal deficit.

In short, jobs are the answer, and the federal government has a role helping to end the Great Recession.

Tell your Representative that you support ADA's "Corps" Jobs Budget!

 

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First Friday Report on Women

Youth Unemployment and the End of the American Dream - ADA on Huffington Post

Read ADA's Letter to Congress About the Need to Extend Unemployment Benefits.

It's Not Just How Many Are Unemployed, It's How Long - ADA on Huffington Post

Even as we acknowledge the success of the initial stimulus program in averting a worse crisis, many dangers remain.

ADA Launches Major Initiative to Reduce Unemployment

“The first step is to extend unemployment insurance for the thousands of unemployed workers who will run out of benefits beginning this month,” said Michael J. Wilson, ADA’s National Director.

What Can We Do?

Support the "Corps" Jobs Budget

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