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Should the US government guarantee every citizen a job?
A full employment programme would be too expensive.
A report from economists at the Levy Institute put final costs between $260 and $354 billion annually in the first five years and lower outlays after that (
Using January 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a report commissioned by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated a total annual program cost of $543 billion, or just under 3 percent of GDP (
right now, so the programme is unlikely to cost much.
The jobs guarantee programme would reduce the dependence upon and need to fund
programs for the working poor
such as food stamps, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
The government already attempts to create jobs through measures such as
corporate subsidies and tax breaks
. A jobs guarantee programme could reroute that money and have it used more effectively.
A jobs guarantee programme would eventually pay for itself.