This isn’t just theory. North­eastern University’s Rand Ghayad sent out 4,800 fake resumes to job post­ings. Some of the resumes were from the new unem­ployed. Others showed longer spells of unem­ploy­ment. The call­back rate for the long-​​term unem­ployed was just 1 to 3 per­cent. For the newly unem­ployed, it was 9 to 16 percent.

The problem for the long-​​term unem­ployed isn’t that their lavish gov­ern­ment checks keep them from wanting jobs. It’s that they can’t get jobs — in part because they’re unem­ployed. And that makes them even less likely to get jobs in the future. The long-​​term unem­ployed are slowly becoming unemployable.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment could move aggres­sively to put them back to work. It could hire them directly as teacher’s aides and park rangers. It could pass a large tax cut for employers who hire new workers and and an even larger one for employers who hire the unem­ployed. It could invest hun­dreds of bil­lions in infra­struc­ture repair. Paul could be a pow­erful advo­cate if he took up the cause of get­ting them jobs now so they could get jobs later.

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