Obama’s jobs plan: Go work for free!

posted by
September 1, 2011
The American Prospect    
Posted in PND Commentary

"Yesterday, I posted an item titled 'How Not to Solve the Jobs Problem.' The case in point is President Barack Obama’s embrace of a state program called Georgia Works, which tries to turn unemployment insurance into a kind of sing-for-your-supper 'workfare' program. Jobless workers in Georgia drawing unemployment compensation are encouraged to go work for private employers -- for free -- in exchange for some kind of training. They get a small onetime stipend of $240 as an inducement. The premise is that working for free will help them get a foot in the door and maybe get hired (if the employer hires). According to Georgia’s own statistics, however, only about 15 percent do." (09/01/11)


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