Middle Class Job Creation in the Digital Era

Geoffrey Moore

A great chunk of our middle class is not only currently out of work but lacking prospects for future employment as well.  Without an economically healthy middle class no democracy can thrive for the long term.

Geoffrey MooreThere is a real crisis brewing in America in the aftermath of outsourcing a major portion the manufacturing workload for our industrial and consumer products to offshore enterprises.  A great chunk of our middle class is not only currently out of work but lacking prospects for future employment as well.  Without an economically healthy middle class no democracy can thrive for the long term.  So where will the next generation of jobs come from?  And what can we do in the meantime? To frame policy effectively, we first need to get grounded in the macro-economic forces that matter.  Once that context is established, we can then address where the next generation of opportunities will come from, and what skills and experiences will be needed to capitalize upon them.  From that vantage we can look into what social investments we can make today to generate a middle class workforce capable of capitalizing on these opportunities as well as consider what short-term social policies make sense to ease the pain of transition.

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