Job Creation

Policy Issues

In an economy as large, diverse and complex as ours, there is no single answer to the jobs challenge but stronger and sustained economic growth is a necessary ingredient.

Constructive conservatives know that such growth is the only sensible, durable and reliable source of meaningful private sector jobs.

Increasing American exports of manufactured goods, agricultural products and services is a sure way to stimulate creation of well-paying jobs in the private sector.

An essential and overdue component of a durably expanding job market in a growing economy is prudent, efficient and effective worker training. Almost by definition, that requires such training to be rooted in the private sector, not in additional government efforts like the dozens of programs we already have. These programs cost billions of federal tax dollars, frequently overlap and duplicate each other with little effect and often show only a tenuous connection to the skills actually needed in the local job market where the training occurs.

Much of the $18 billion currently spent for federal training programs could be converted to block grants and returned to the states where the record of matching training to the workforce skills required in actual labor markets is much better than that of the federal government.

Part-time jobs are small consolation to people who want to work full-time and today’s low unemployment rates that result not from robust job creation but from a shrinking workforce, are no consolation at all.