What is a “Good Job”?

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“And I promise you, if I become President, we’re going to be working again; we’re going to have great jobs again; you’re going to be so happy; you’re going to be proud of your President; you’re going to be proud, proud, proud of our country, once again.”

–Donald J. Trump, speaking at Alumisource, June 28, 2016

Tomorrow (Nov. 18) is the birthday of George H. Gallup (1901-1984) founder of the Gallup Poll, which provides public opinion and forecasting.

For the past 7½ years—and even before the financial crisis of 2008—jobs and unemployment have hit the “flyover country” of Middle America exceptionally hard. And according to Gallup, “widely reported unemployment metrics in the U.S. do not accurately represent the reality of joblessness in America.”

During his campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump placed a heavy emphasis on restoring “great jobs” to Americans—which likely helped propel him to victory on Nov. 8.

And in fact, Gallup claims one of its most important discoveries since its founding is that what the whole world wants is “good jobs.” But what is a good job?

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For one thing, a “good job” depends on who you are talking about. A good job for my teenager might be working 15 hours a week at a local fast food place for $7.25/hr. and no benefits. But Gallup defines a “good job” as working 30 or more hours per week for an employer that provides a regular paycheck.

Gallup even devised the “Gallup Good Jobs” (GGJ) metric to track the percentage of U.S. adults who have good jobs based on its definition.

Currently, the GGJ shows that only 46.6% of Americans have such a “good job.” Just one month ago, that number was 45.5%, and the overall trend is slowly rising.

According to the company:

“Good jobs are essential to a thriving economy, a growing middle class, a booming entrepreneurial sector and, most importantly, human development.

Creating as many good jobs as possible should be the No. 1 priority for business and government leaders everywhere…”

We can be thankful that the next President of the United States understands that priority, and is determined to carry it through.

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