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


Why a universal basic income is a poor substitute for a guaranteed job
— Claire Connelly, Australia ABC, Jan 18, 2019

Michael Katz hosts this roundtable discussion on the Job Guarantee, featuring L. Randall Wray, Andy Felkerson, Pavlina Tcherneva, Jan Kregel, Mathew Forstater, Fadhel Kaboub, and Felipe Rezende. They talk about the need for full employment, the feasibility of the program, examples of government employment programs, and how it can be paid for.
Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity
(@GISP_tweets) Jan 7, 2019 (51:50)


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

A Job Guarantee: A better, cheaper alternative to the Greens’ UBI
— Steven Hail (@StevenHail), Independent Australia, (@IndependentAus) May 12,  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