We are in the midst of an ongoing unemployment crisis, and we must take bold action

Painting of Bernie Sanders.
Painting of Bernie Sanders.

A recent study found that over 50 percent of young African-Americans and more than one-third of white and Hispanic youth are looking for full-time work.
 

We are in the midst of an ongoing unemployment crisis, and we must take bold action

A recent study found that over 50 percent of young African-Americans and more than one-third of white and Hispanic youth are looking for full-time work.

The real unemployment rate is much higher than the “official” figure typically reported in the newspapers. When you include workers who have given up looking for jobs, or those who are working part time when they want to work full time, the real number is much higher than official figures would suggest.

It’s even worse for young people. A recent study found that over 50 percent of young African-Americans and more than one-third of white and Hispanic youth are looking for full-time work.

We are in the midst of an ongoing unemployment crisis, and we must take bold action to address it.

Key Actions

  • > Introduced legislation which would invest $1 trillion over 5 years to modernize our country’s physical infrastructure, creating and maintaining at least 13 million good-paying jobs while making our country more productive, efficient and safe.
  • > Opposed NAFTA, CAFTA, permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with China, the TPP, and other free-trade agreements. These deals kill American jobs by shifting work overseas to nations which fail to provide worker protections and pay extremely low wages.
  • > Introduced the Employ Young Americans Now Act with Rep. John Conyers. It would provide $5.5 billion in immediate funding to employ one million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24, and would provide job training to hundreds of thousands of others.

 

We are in the midst of an ongoing unemployment crisis, and we must take bold action
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