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Ways of Handling The Unemployment Crisis

There are a variety of ways by which our employment crisis can be handled. Their pros and con are discussed. Some of these hold more promise than others.

Finding ways of handling unemployment crises have always been controversial.  Some agree that austerity measures are the best, while others disagree.  Some may argue that it takes both austerity and stimulation to make an economy flourish.  What follows are some things that   private sector and government can do to help the employment situation.  Arguments pro and con are also discussed.

1.     Reduce taxes – conservatives and the Tea Party argue that this is the way for our economy to grow again.  As they see it, such an initiative will be good for businesses that are the creators of jobs.  The down side of this is, that in the process there will have to be cuts and layoffs.  As soon as a reduction of taxes is on the table, it is generally the social programs that will take the greatest hit.  Do we want the least among us to suffer with policemen, firefighters, and teachers?

2.    Raise taxes – liberals are quick to jump on the bandwagon concerning this issue in order to solve our financial woes.  To date, many Democrats say that the rich should pay their fair share.  It is generally floated that those that earn more than $1,000,000 per year should fall into this category.  Others feel that one percent of all Americans should see such an increase in their taxes.  Conservatives respond, not so fast, for if that was implemented it would be affecting small businesses that are the creators of jobs.  Thus, there is gridlock for those advocating lowering and those that say to raise taxes. 

3.    Job sharing – according to some policy makers in the United States, job sharing has been successfully implemented in Germany.  This is basically how it works.  Two employees will split a job by working 30 hours each in a 40 hour week.  Government will then chip in by paying each the extra 10 percent of their salary.  In this way, a company can reduce its workforce, employees will continue to be employed while maintaining their skills, and instead of full government unemployment checks, government will pay less in the process.  This arrangement has the potential to save billions and there should be no reason why it should not be embraced by conservatives and liberals alike.

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  1. lonelyplanet

    On May 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Unemployment is rising day by day and strong steps should be taken to tackle this monster.

  2. momofplenty

    On May 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Great article.

  3. Lisa Marie Mottert

    On May 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Detailed and informative article, great opinions on how to manage the Unemployment crisis. Wonderfully written!

  4. Dreamy777

    On May 15, 2012 at 8:59 am

    great one kenny thanks

  5. lauralu

    On May 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Whats so sad is the people that want jobs not being able to get them, in our area the food banks are being used more then ever, some just can not make ends meet, Great article !

  6. Nxwtypx

    On May 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

    In my opinion, I think a Job Sharing scheme wouldn’t work – I’d only be 75% invested in a job I only work 75% of the hours in.

  7. Moses Ingram

    On May 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I would never cut social programs. Everyone should pay their fair share of taxes. The problem as always is greed.


    On May 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

    nice share

  9. Lynn Proctor

    On May 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Most of us labor under the assumption that people would take a job if offered. This is not always true. The shifting around has caused (in my opinion) a class of chronically unemployed who have become passive about working. For those who do want to work, there might be other classifications of those who are picky about what they take. Some need health insurance. The part-time employment plan wouldn’t do for them, especially if they have children they need to have covered also. There does not seem to be a perfect solution, and the government has acknowledged it is out of answers or suggestions. We seem dead in the water. It’s the chicken and the egg. More employees means expectation of customers, and until they see the customers, they will not hire. Lending for startups using bank loans is hard, too. Banks don’t want to loan anything right now to anyone, it seems. Well-written article and a difficult topic.

  10. SharifaMcFarlane

    On May 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Job sharing seems like a good idea. At least people would get money to pay their creditors.

  11. Martin Kloess

    On May 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    solid and sound info

  12. Safa

    On May 19, 2012 at 3:16 am

    The problem in our country is every young able body wants a desk job. so other types of jobs are filled by expatriates from neighbouring countries like India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This is a very good article written to a topic that requires immediate attention.

  13. yes me

    On May 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

    A touchy subject for most this one Erwin, but my answer would create full employment world wide, but then I’m a true socialist, and believe the first real signs of it… would be the lowering of the age of retirement, not the raising of it… unless your working in D ante’s pits cheers

  14. Tiki33

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    What an informative article. The unemployment crisis is strong an the people are awaiting a change. many jobs are in other countries so people find tehmselves relocating just to find work.

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