14 ways to help the unemployed get back to work

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  • Michael Strain's recommendations for reducing unemployment: #2 "Lower the minimum wage for the long-term unemployed and for inexperienced workers, and couple it with an EITC-like payment."

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  • Michael Strain's recommendations for reducing unemployment: #5 "Reform disability insurance so that it is no longer a permanent exit from the labor force."

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  • Michael Strain's recommendations for reducing unemployment: #10 "Reduce the licensing and administrative barriers facing would-be entrepreneurs."

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  • Michael Strain's recommendations for reducing unemployment: #12 "Consider temporarily eliminating or reducing the capital-gains tax on new businesses’ investment."

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As the economy continues its rocky path to recovery, helping Americans find work has taken center stage. AEI's Michael Strain has these recommendations for getting people back to work.

1.    Expand, support, and publicize work-sharing unemployment insurance programs.

2.    Lower the minimum wage for the long-term unemployed and for inexperienced workers, and couple it with an EITC-like payment.

3.    Offer UI-funded relocation subsidies for the long-term unemployed.

4.    Provide lump-sum UI payments, and bonus payments to workers who find jobs.

5.    Reform disability insurance so that it is no longer a permanent exit from the labor force.

6.    Offer assistance to long-term unemployed workers who want to start small businesses and can demonstrate a credible business plan.

7.    Increase high-skill immigration.

8.    Push states to adopt right-to-work laws.

9.    Delay Obamacare’s employment-reducing provisions at least until the labor market has significantly improved.

10.    Reduce the licensing and administrative barriers facing would-be entrepreneurs.

11.    Encourage domestic energy production.

12.    Consider temporarily eliminating or reducing the capital-gains tax on new businesses’ investment.

13.    Permanently reduce the payroll tax and pay for the reduction by, say, increasing Medicare and Social Security eligibility ages.

14.    Reduce occupational licensing requirements.

For more information on this topic, read "A new jobs agenda" and "Obama is not taking unemployment seriously."

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