Demand Workforce-Guided Job Creation
  • Petitioning John Boehner

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Speaker of the House, United States Congress
John Boehner

Demand Workforce-Guided Job Creation

    1. Petition by

      Jean SmilingCoyote

      Chicago, IL

Inequitable distribution of unemployment hurts the entire economy, as well as the unemployed.
Underemployment, which I define as a “negative output gap for an individual,” wastes human resources and higher education, and deprives the nation of needed work through inadequately funded demand.
Well over 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed now. A person can be underemployed in terms of education as well as time. The official unemployment rate for January 2012 was 8.3%. But as Jim Edgar once said while Governor of Illinois, “If you’re unemployed, the unemployment rate is 100%.” If unemployment were distributed equally, everyone in the workforce would be unemployed for just over 4 weeks of each year. This would be tolerable, and much better for the economy.
Some experts think that even if all the available jobs were filled tomorrow, there would still be millions unemployed and underemployed. More and different education couldn’t solve this, nor could job-sharing.
Both these approaches let employers be the final arbiters of “demand.” Economists usually don’t recognize demand unless it’s backed up by money. But demand starts with people, and we need to find ways to enable people to fund their demand. Innovative entrepreneurs routinely introduce goods and services for which “demand” was previously nonexistent.
So far, all the programs and proposals from government officials rely on indirect macroeconomic stimuli, and require job-seekers to wait for help-wanted ads (even “hidden” ones) to show up. We have to break this chokehold, and link unfunded demand and job-seeking posts with money and employers before more of us are pushed off the financial cliff. The economy couldn't be grown fast enough to bring us back into jobs before then; more importantly, growth by itself provides no mechanism to end underemployment.
I, for one, have never been allowed to do a job requiring any part of my college-degreed education, or start my career. My unemployment compensation, based on a temporary, part-time, low-pay job, won’t even pay for my low-cost housing, so I can’t last until it runs out in August.
Yet I believe I could be making still-needed contributions to post-natural-disaster rebuilding and community planning. But I’ve never found a help-wanted ad for these, and can’t afford to travel to make in-person offers. My website is at
There are many different stories from unemployed and underemployed Americans. We could and should be enabled to work at our “personal best” levels, even if not always for 52 weeks per year.
Please ask Congress to seat us at the table, with speaking roles and votes, to help solve our problems, and help the entire nation this way. Please join me in signing this petition.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Singer CHICAGO, IL
      • 3 months ago

      I am sick and tired of discrimination due to my age.

    • Deborah Ditkowsky MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 8 months ago
    • Dorothy Finigan WATSONVILLE, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I am unemployed. I have been lucky to find contract work which helps me to stay current with my field. When the contract ends; I am back looking for regular work. I am also back on unemployment. My unemployment benefits have ceased. The contract work is not easy to find. The market is very competitive. I want to work. I have skills that can be used in other jobs. I beleive that employers need to an incentive to hire us back. The EDD should be able to help with this as well. They are also under staffed. Something has to change. If the intention is to help get unemployed workers back to work, then let's see this happen. In the meantime, we still need some income. I think that there needs to be a group of us invited to help change this. We have the experience of being out of work. We know what needs to happen. Put us to work! Pay us! Do something besides argue.

    • Mary Duffy-Kelly SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
      • 10 months ago

      First time in 18 years laid off. Told by many recruiters that companies do not want to talk to unemployed... only employed candidates. Not right.

    • Sharon Lewis COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      People need jobs that pay a decent wage, not food stamps! Many people want to work and they should hire people based on skills, education and abilities, not on looks, age, race, sex and other superficial categories!!


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