Building an Equitable Recovery for Workers and Families
This brief by Molly Bashay and Asha Banerjee argues for a large-scale public employment program to react against a structurally racist and exclusionary labor market. It then lays out five principles of an equitable subsidized jobs program.
Subsidized employment uses public funds to create jobs for unemployed or underemployed workers, either through public sector jobs or wage subsidies paid directly to employers. Federally subsidized employment can offer stability to families seeking relief from pandemic-related economic strain and avert the long-term damage of unemployment.