Putting Americans Back to Work

Putting Americans Back to Work

What it will take to put Americans back to work. How tax and trade policies, government spending and advances in technology affect the U.S. job market.

As Washington squabbles over the nation's debt, across the country Americans are hurting. Too many are either unemployed or under-employed. The private sector added nearly 2 million jobs in the past year. But cuts in government jobs took away from those gains. Today there are 7 million fewer jobs than at the beginning of the recession in late 2007. The U.S. unemployment rate is now at 9.2 percent. Many say deregulation and cutting taxes are essential to getting Americans working again. But others say government spending is needed - such as investment in infrastructure and technology. How tax and trade policies, government spending and advances in technology affect the U.S. job market.

Guests

Lawrence Mishel

president of the Economic Policy Institute.

Tim Fernholz

correspondent, National Journal.

James Sherk

senior policy analyst in labor economics, the Heritage Foundation.

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