The nation's unemployment rate has turned stagnant, and it is unclear how to best address it.
Traditional fiscal and monetary policies enacted by the government are not working as expected. Partisan debate tends to make any new approach unlikely, leaving states and cities to step up and enact policies of their own if the unemployment crisis is to be addressed. This action must consider the unique position of a region's economy, and draw on more tools than the knee-jerk tax cuts and infrastructure investments.
This report highlights 13 ideas worthy of consideration and potential investment. They include low-cost, readily implementable programs that would create jobs accessible to low-skilled workers, and avoid gimmicks as well as wasteful incentive programs that simply lure jobs from one place to another.