Vocational Expert’s 7 Proposals to Solve the Unemployment Problem

The subject is constantly in the news and may decide the

next national elections – the infamous jobless recovery.

More than 8 million Americans are out of work with another 4

million underemployed or no longer looking for work. Good

manufacturing, technical and services jobs are being shipped

to India, Asia, and other developing countries. The mood of

the middle and working class becomes more pessimistic, the

outlook for their immediate future more grim.

Politicians debate solutions: abrogating current trade

treaties, providing protection for various industries,

investment in retraining programs, wishful thinking that

lower taxes will turn everything around, the promise of a

labor shortage within 15 years.

Meanwhile, the population grows, demanding the creation of

150,000 new jobs per month just to stay even. Where are the

more than 2 million 2004 jobs promised by the Council of

Economic Advisers?

They will come when the government truly invests in the

social and financial welfare of the working public.

Historically, the U.S. has looked at employment only in

times of crisis – recession or alarming unemployment

figures. Rather than “quick fixes,” we need a national long-

range policy on employment which addresses the issue, in

good times and bad, with sustained interest, analysis, and


Here are seven proposals:

1. Create a National Office of Employment to develop long

term strategies and oversight of the U.S. labor market in

order to track trends, analyze data, research emerging

problems, and prepare early interventions.

2. Identify growing and potential industries and the skills

they will need in future staff.

3. Design a plan which allows for the rapid retargeting of

training courses as Community Colleges and vocational

schools are traditionally 5 to 15 years behind current


4. Provide substantial tax incentives for businesses to hire

in the U.S. rather than shipping their jobs to low income


5. Devise “red-tape-less” programs to reward employers with

significant tax credits for hiring the long-term employed

and new trainees.

6. Overhaul the processes of State Unemployment Offices by

implementing coordinated support programs in which workers

participate as part of receiving unemployment benefits and

employers participate as a means of meeting their future

needs for staff.

7. Provide incentives for employers to hire more part-time

workers. Simultaneously, America must reframe its social

policy to promote a new work ethic of reduced work hours,

along with increased leisure and volunteer activities, to

allow more workers to be employed, albeit for fewer hours.

Due to the negative emotional effects of living without

work, our society needs to stress high employment rather

than high productivity which often translates into fewer

workers, working harder and longer.

Source by Virginia Bola, PsyD