White House Uses ‘Job-Years,’ Not Jobs, to Tout Infrastructure Law

Posted on AllSides November 19th, 2021
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Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lauded the bipartisan infrastructure legislation for creating good-paying jobs for “millions” of Americans. But they meant millions of job-years, not millions of additional jobs.

In fact, estimates of how many additional jobs the law will create range from not many to about 1 million over 10 years. The $1.2 trillion act includes about $550 billion in new federal spending over five years.

It is possible that millions of people could be affected, if there are a lot of part-time, part-year and short-term positions....

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