Federal Job Guarantee

Conversations about the nation’s budget should be about spending priorities and the resources necessary to accomplish them: the people, materials and time. This page contains research, proposals and commentary related to instituting a Federal Job Guarantee. An example of nice things we — the people — can have. Note: Though they promise to be increasingly combined, we have a separate page for discussion of a Green New Deal. Discussions of UBI (Universal Basic Income) that appear here are compared and contrasted with the Job Guarantee.

Research & Proposals

In 2015, Binzagr published Completing the Roosevelt Revolution: Why the Time for a Federal Job Guarantee Has Come.
– Pavlina R. Tcherneva (@PTcherneva), Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, Nov 2015

On the idea of a federal job guarantee, Levy published
1.“The Job Guarantee • Design, Jobs and Implementation”
— Pavlina Tcherneva
2. “Guaranteed Jobs through a Public Service Employment Program”
— L. Randall Wray, Stephanie A. Kelton, Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Scott Fullwiler and Flavia Dantas.
3. “Public Service Employment: A Path to Full Employment”
— L. Randall Wray, Stephanie A. Kelton, Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Scott Fullwiler and Flavia Dantas.

Tcherneva published and maintains Frequently asked questions about the Job Guarantee

CBPP published The Federal Job Guarantee – A Policy to Achieve Permanent Full Employment
— Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul), William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) & Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 9, 2018

The Response


Can We Give a Good Job to Everyone Who Wants One?
— Editorial The Nation (@TheNation), Nov 27, 2018

A radical plan to give every Australian a job who wants one is gaining momentum•The unconventional plan would eliminate unemployment in Australia, says US economist Stephanie Kelton.
— Rosemary Bolger (@Rose_bolger), SBS News, (@SBSnews) Nov 17, 2018

The MMT government job guarantee • The modern monetary theory can also offer a solution to the nation’s unemployment problems
— Stephen Williams Independent Australia, (@IndependentAus) Oct 11, 2018

Why Politicians Want the U.S. to Guarantee You a Job
— Katia Dmitrieva (@katiadmi), Bloomberg, Sept 21, 2018

A Job for Everyone? This 21st-Century Keynes Says It’s Possible William Darity, Jr., a Duke University professor, has pushed the idea of a federal job guarantee into the Mainstream
— Mattea Kramer (@MatteaKramer) Ozy, (@ozy) Sept 17, 2018

How a Federal Job Guarantee Can Help the Formerly Incarcerated
— Vanessa A. Bee @dolladollabille, New York Magazine, Aug 31, 2018

Popular econ professor advances universal job guarantee plan with Democrats #Deficit
— Rita Francesca Loffredo (@loffredo_rita) The College Fix, (@CollegeFix) Aug 22, 2018

There Is Work To Be Done: AI And The Future Of Work
— Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul), Forbes, Aug 18, 2018

Fareed Zakaria talks with Stephanie Kelton on “Making Martin Luther King and FDR’s dream a reality.” #JobGuarantee CNN – GPS Aug 5, 2018 (23:00-28:41)

What if you could sue the government for a job?
— Jeff Spross (@jeffspross), The Week, (@TheWeek) July 30, 2018

Should Democrats play it safe with a job guarantee?
— Jeff Spross (@jeffspross), The Week, (@TheWeek) July 27, 2018

Making a Federal Job Guarantee Work
— Joe Weisenthal(@TheStalwart) with William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) Bloomberg, July 24, 2018

What Is A Federal Jobs Guarantee? Growing numbers of Democrats support the idea of guaranteeing decent jobs to all Americans. Here’s how they say it would work.
— Laura Paddison (@laurapaddison) HuffPost, July 6, 2018

Do We Need a Federal Jobs Guarantee? A Debate. • Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders have all proposed a job guarantee. But would it be drudgery?
— Raúl Carrillo (@RaulACarrillo), Rohan Grey (@RohanGrey) In These Times, June 18, 2018

David Dayen (@DDayen) talks about job guarantee proposals with conservative host Jimmy Sengenberger.
Business for Breakfast on KDMT-AM 1690 in Denver, May 24, 2018 (53:23)

Thinking Beyond Trump, Why We Need A Federal Jobs Guarantee
— Robert Reich, (@RBReich) Eurasia Review, May 22, 2018 (Cross-posted in Truthdig)

Three Ways to Design a Democratic Job Guarantee.
— Alexander Kolokotronis, (@AVK48) Truthout, May 20, 2018

Segregation is alive and well in America’s so-called land of opportunity — just ask black and Latino children • 50 years after the landmark Kerner Commission report, the United States still has a long way to go. #JobGuarantee
— Alan Curtis, Fred Harris NBC News, May 13, 2018

Why the Latinx Community Should Fight for a Job Guarantee
— Alan A. Aja (@AlanAAja1), Raúl Carrillo (@RaulACarrillo), Rita Sandoval (@RitaMSandoval) @LatinoRebels, May 9, 2018

Likely 2020 Democratic Candidates Want To Guarantee A Job To Every American
— Danielle Kurtzleben, (@titonka) @NPR, May 8, 2018

Bernie Gets Socialistic • A national job guarantee has opened radical horizons for the Left. We should fight for it — but the devil is in the details.
— Max B. Sawicky, (@maxbsawicky) Jacobin, May 7, 2018

Political Aspects of Full Employment • Why do capitalists hate full employment? Because it weakens their power over workers.
— Michal Kalecki Jacobin Archives, May 7, 2018

The Guardian view on a job guarantee: a policy whose time has come • Ministers need to adopt measures that secure a basic human right to engage in productive employment
— Editorial, The Guardian, May 3, 2018

We Work • Give job guarantee a chance
— James K. Galbraith, The Baffler May 2, 2018

Yes, a Jobs Guarantee Could Create “Boondoggles.” It Also Might Save the Planet.
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff), In These Times, May 1, 2018

Human capital and the jobs guarantee
— Alexandra Scaggs (@alexandrascaggs), Financial Times — Alphaville, April 30, 2018

Calculating the Cost of a Jobs Guarantee
— Pavlina Tcherneva (@PTcherneva), Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) Bloomberg, April 30, 2018

Whether America Can Afford a Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up for Debate
— David Dayen (@DDayen), The Intercept, April 30, 2018

How much would a job guarantee actually cost?
— Jeff Spross (@jeffspross), The Week, (@TheWeek) April 26, 2018

How Guaranteeing Jobs Became the Hot New Policy Priority for 2020 Dems • Bernie Sanders has a bill. Cory Booker too. And now Elizabeth Warren is on board.
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick), The Daily Beast, (@thedailybeast) April 25, 2018

Why the Cause of Full Employment Is Back from the Dead • Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King campaigned for it in vain—but the need for full employment has never gone away
— Harold Meyerson (@HaroldMeyerson), American Prospect, (@TheProspect) April 25, 2018

Need Work? Maybe That’s a Job for Government • Lots of good things can happen when people are employed.
— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion), Bloomberg, April 24, 2018

Embracing ‘the Sort of Bold Thinking We Need,’ Sanders to Introduce Plan to Guarantee Every American a Job • Proponents trace the idea back to the New Deal Era, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pitched a ‘Second Bill of Rights’ to Congress in 1944. First on the list: the ‘right to a useful and remunerative job.’
— Jake Johnson (@johnsonjakep), Common Dreams, (@CommonDreams) April 23, 2018

Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job
— Jeff Stein (@jstein_wapo), Washington Post, April 23, 2018

The jobs guarantee and human-capital “nationalisation”
— Alexandra Scaggs (@alexandrascaggs), Financial Times — Alphaville, April 22, 2018

The Government Has A Job To Do– Creating Full Employment… And It’s Been Failing At It
— Howie Klein (@DownWithTyranny), DownWithTyranny, April 18, 2018

What If We Didn’t… have any unemployment?
— A.P. Joyce (@AndrewPaulJoyce) Mic, April 17, 2018

U.S. Jobs Guarantee Held Out as Path to True ‘Full Employment’
— Katia Dmitrieva (@katiadmi), Bloomberg, April 17, 2018

Why Democrats should fight for the right to a good job
— Katrina vanden Heuvel (@KatrinaNation), The Washington Post,
April 10, 2018

The Zero Hour
R.J. Eskow talks with Pavlina Tcherneva about the the moral, policy and economic impacts of a national job guarantee. April 8, 2018 (16:38)

The Government Should Guarantee Everyone a Good Job • We have an opportunity to pass a good-jobs guarantee—but we have to start a movement now.
— Ady Barkan (@AdyBarkan), The Nation (@TheNation), April 4, 2018

A Guaranteed Jobs-for-All Program Is Gaining Traction Among 2020 Democratic Hopefuls
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff), The Intercept, April 1, 2018

a href=”http://prospect.org/article/food-stamps-arent-substitute-work-theyre-how-low-wage-workers-avoid-hunger” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Food Stamps Aren’t a Substitute for Work. They’re How Low-Wage Workers Avoid Hunger. (#FederalJobGuarantee)
— Kalena Thomhave, @kalenasthom The American Prospect,
March 28, 2018

Data Wonk: A Federal Jobs [sic] Guarantee
— Bruce Thompson, Urban Milwaulkee, March 28, 2018

Red and Blue Voters Alike Could Rally Around This Radical Job Growth Idea • Pushing to expand Americorps or supporting a federal jobs guarantee has benefits for everyone.
— Liz Posner @elizpos, Alternet, March 28, 2018

The Radical Proposal That Moderate Democrats Should Be Running On (#FederalJobGuarantee).
— Eric Levitz @EricLevitz, Bloomberg Businessweek, March 22, 2018

Why Democrats Should Embrace a Federal Jobs Guarantee
— Sean McElwee @SeanMcElwee, Colin McAuliffe @unburythelead17 and Jon Green @_Jon_Green, The Nation (@TheNation), March 20, 2018

The Federal Job Guarantee – A Policy to Achieve Permanent Full Employment
— Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul), William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) & Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,
March 9, 2018

An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century • In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt proposed constitutional amendments to guarantee Americans’ fundamental economic rights. It was never adopted—and today, is more necessary than ever. Here’s an adaptation of his program for our time.
— Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul), William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) & Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), American Prospect,
March 5, 2018

Pavlina Tcherneva — The Federal Job Guarantee
Job guarantee research; why such a policy is needed; and how it would work, from funding to implementation. Benefits to those who are often excluded from full participation in economic and social life; why a job guarantee is superior to an income guarantee alone;
Harvard Law School Chapter, Modern Money Network— , March 2, 2018 (1:14:01)

Opinion: Provide Jobs for All and End Poverty
— Chuck Lynd, Columbus Underground, Feb. 26, 2018


What Sounds Better To You – Guaranteed Basic Income Or Federal Job Guarantee?
— Howie Klein (@DownWithTyranny), Naked Capitalism, Dec 29, 2017

The Job Guarantee & Social Justice (w/ Pavlina Tcherneva)
— Pavlina Tcherneva (@ptcherneva), Adam Simpson (@Adam Simpson), Cecilia Gingerich (@c_gingerich) The Next System Podcast (with transcript), Dec. 20, 2017

It’s Time for the Government to Give Everyone a Job
— David Dayen (@DDayen), The Nation (@TheNation), May 19, 2017

Why Coretta Scott King Fought for a Job Guarantee
— David Stein (@DavidpStein), Boston Review, May 17, 2017

You’re Hired! • The Democrats are looking for a big idea? Here’s one: a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
— Jeff Spross (@jeffspross), Democracy, March, 2017

“The Job Guarantee” featuring Pavlina Tcherneva
Jacobin Filmmaker: Rebecca Rojer 2017 (14:02)

5 Reasons Why a Federal Job Guarantee Makes Sense
— Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul), William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) & Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), In These Times, Feb 7, 2017

Why We Need a Federal Job Guarantee • Giving everyone a job is the best way to democratize the economy and give workers leverage in the workplace.
— Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul), William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) & Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), Jacobin, Feb 4, 2017

Why a universal basic income is a poor substitute for a guaranteed job
— Claire Connelly (@_ClaireConnelly) ABC News, Jan 19, 2017


A Job for Everyone • A federal job guarantee is a good, All-American policy.
— Mark Paul US News Oct 7, 2016

“MMT: A Job Guarantee Would Bring Unemployment to Zero”
— Pavlina Tcherneva Deficit Owls Aug 15, 2016 (4:29)

A Guaranteed Federal Jobs Program Is Needed.
— William Darity Jr. (@SandyDarity) NY Times July 11, 2016


The Federal Job Guarantee: A Step Toward Racial Justice • A federal job guarantee would go a long way toward addressing racial disparities and building an inclusive U.S. economy.
— Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), Dissent Magazine, Nov 9, 2015