There’s a couple of obvious answers. One is to find work for them, to the point of “Dig a hole, then fill it in.” style of crap.
I have a different perspective on this one.
When it comes to workers, there is a difference between the number of workers you NEED, and the ones you could effectively USE. I can think of about a million examples, but to pick one, most states have a law which specifies how many day care workers you must employ per child. Day care centers manage to that number and never go over it, because if they did, it would destroy profitability.
However, most certainly the children in day care would positively benefit from a better ratio. So, if the government were to (WPA style) fund (for example) one additional day care worker per six employed, it wouldn’t be a “make work” job; it would actually add value.
Schools and teacher’s aides? Same story. How about all the gardening that doesn’t happen in a cash-strapped city? How about more construction workers to get infrastructure projects done faster?
Point here is that we have a lot of value-jobs to fill before you get to “dig a hole, fill it in” that go unfilled because of funding issues. Would we at some point REACH those “pave the ocean” sort of useless jobs? Probably. But we could improve a lot of facilities and services with additional peoplepower before we reached that stage, in my view.
The other obvious option would be to reduce the amount of workers. For example providing a UBI would allow people with low aspirations the ability to live off of part time work, or no work at all.
Yes, the liquor industry would very much like to see that, I assume.
Another option would be to reduce what we consider “full time” work, while increasing the minimum wage to keep cash flow the same. More workers for the same job.
Agreed. My above thought about WPA-style employment wasn’t limited by the assumption of a 40 hour week. I quite agree that part of this labor slack might be addressed by dropping the full-time workweek to 36 or even 32 hours.
Do you have other suggestions?
I don’t know if I posted this link in this thread or not, but I’ll post it again, because Dr. Paul is thinking what I’m thinking.