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Should the US government guarantee every citizen a job?
The US government should guarantee every citizen a job.
The right to work is enshrined in the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Employment has many social benefits.
The idea of a government job guarantee program, ensuring all adults who want employment get it, has a long history in American politics.
The US labor market is weak and people are suffering as a result.
Much needed sectors would receive a substantial boost.
Public opinion in the US is in support of a jobs guarantee programme.
In the age of automation and AI replacing human labor, guaranteeing jobs is a regressive step.
Guaranteeing employment would have a number of negative effects on the job market, the economy, as well as more broadly in society.
Not all of the 3.7% of the workforce is chronically unemployed.
A certain level
of unemployment is due to individuals changing and moving up in careers and job prospects, and is beneficial to the individual and the economy as a whole.
A full employment programme would be too expensive.
Finding appropriate jobs for everyone's individual abilities and skills is impossible.
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