Sunday, September 5, 2010

One Solution to the Jobs Problem

One time a thing occurred to me, why do the "recovery jobs" have to focus on the broadest qualifications?

I heard some statistics recently, and while I do not remember the specifics, I remember that the gist was an alarming proportion of the workforce are stuck in jobs for which they are overqualified.

Here is my simple suggestion for the week: if the federal government creates any more stimulus jobs, let the government create high-level, highly specialized jobs and push the new openings hard.  People who are qualified will take these jobs and move to them out of their lower-level jobs, opening these jobs for people to move up in (or up into) the job market.

I do not see how creating new unskilled or unspecialized jobs is preferable to this plan.  If it is, please fill me in.  If I'm onto something, though, pass it on.  Feel free to take credit for it.