Every month the jobs numbers come out, and every month we have the same conversation: Why is unemployment so high? How can we get it down?
- We have the lowest number of public-sector employees per population since 1968.
- If we merely restored government employment to its 2007 levels, there’d be 1.7 million more jobs.
Remember last summer when the Atlantic asked a group of worthies, including Matt Yglesias, “What is the single best thing Washington can do to jumpstart job creation?”
I think we know the answer: First, stop firing people. Second, start hiring people.