I have been reading about many attempts by cities and counties to decrease their unemployment rates that are hovering above 8%. Many of these ideas initially seem like they would make some form of difference, but looking at the big picture they have little to no effect and simply shift problems.
For example, Hinds County, Mississippi wants to push through a law about baggy pants with the claim that low hanging jeans seem unprofessional and are keeping youth from being hired. On the surface this seems logical, that a business wouldn’t want to hire someone that looks more at home in a gangland movie rather than in their office. If they truly need someone to fill a position they will fill it either way.
Another example is that many government agencies emphasize and spend tons of money on writing resumes and interview practice. Similar to the situation with of applicants choosing to dress poorly, available positions are GOING to be filled. Whether or not it’s by the most qualified person or simply by someone who has the best written resume or best interview skills does not create more jobs or make a different on the unemployment rate. One job filled is one job filled, no matter how qualified the applicant. And if the work demands additional workforce, more employees will be added.