Building back better:A national jobs strategy

February 19, 2021


The Center on Education & Labor at New America and the Better Employment and Training Strategies Taskforce (BETS) have released a new publication titled, Building Back Better: A National Jobs Strategy, which provides a set of recommendations to help guide a government jobs strategy for the United States.

The recommendations include three goals to guide a national jobs agenda: (1) make all jobs good jobs and create more; (2) facilitate access to good jobs; and (3) eliminate racial and gender inequities in hiring, pay, and job quality. The publication also provides a suite of distinct but reinforcing strategies to achieve the aforementioned goals, and a framework for coordinating activities across government. The recommendations are endorsed by 12 leading organizations and 35 policy experts, researchers, and practitioners.

The publication was written by Mary Alice McCarthy, Director of the Center on Education & Labor at New America and a member of the Heldrich Center’s National Advisory Board; Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Heldrich Center, Rutgers University; and Michael Prebil, Policy Analyst at the Center on Education & Labor. 

BETS is a coalition of more than 40 leading practitioners and experts working to modernize the United States’ outdated patchwork of workforce policies.

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