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July 2nd, 2009
08:44 AM ET

Creative Ways to Create Jobs

According to a recent CNN poll, the economy remains the number-one issue on American minds. In this tough economy, President Obama is urging us to be innovative in our strategies. This afternoon, President Obama is meeting with leaders of companies large and small, to discuss creating jobs.

We want to hear from YOU. Do you have any innovative ideas on how to create, search for, or secure a job?

Share your thoughts. We’ll read some of them on-air, 10am ET – 11am ET.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Tony B

    I say we make it illegal to pump one's own gas.
    This prevents drive-offs, and gas stations across the country will have to hire more people to pump gas, thus creating jobs.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  2. Sam Diener

    Revamp public transportation. Revamp inner city transportation and INTER-city transportation. People have more ways to get to more jobs, as opposed to a limited, congested, car ride. Additionally, people can get between cities quicker. It would stimulate the economy to build these systems, operate, maintain, etc.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  3. Bionictoothpic

    After suffering Traumatic Brain Injury I was sent to a rehab facility. They recommended volunteering in a library. While at the library I bought a computer. The library had computer training classes, I learned to use my computer. Here in Brevard County where I have moved back to, there are no classes in any of the libraries. I called Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, and visited Cape Canaveral and two of the three said it's all about "money" and "staffing" for classes to happen. So, let's get some "stimulous" money to these libraries and let's get our community stimulated on how to use their computer to shop, keep up to date with CNN Breaking News! haha!

    Thank you, Bionictoothpic

    July 2, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  4. Mike Miller

    I think that among other things, this country needs to adopt Fair Tax and make it more attractive for big corporations to start/bring their businesses here on US soil. The tax breaks to my understanding would be huge for them, and thus we'd have many more jobs. But let's not do that. Let's keep doing what we're doing. It seems to be working. Wait... is it? -Canton, Ohio

    July 2, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  5. Scott

    How about instead of raising taxes on businesses, cutting taxes?
    The extra money could be used to hire more employees.

    *The unemployment rate at 9.5% only includes those filing claims. Unemployment is somewhat higher because you aren't counting those whose unemployment benefits have ran out and those not receiving checks.

    Scott G.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  6. Pete

    How about we manufacture our own goods inside the US. Lower corperate and personal taxes so our business can be competative with on the world market.
    Drill for our own oil .... this will create jobs and keep money inside the country.
    Use or own trees instead of the South American rainforest, this will stop the massive fires that have burned up our forests.

    Having the government pay someone to dig a hole and another person to fill it in will create jobs but non that are productive or long term.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  7. Ray Murray

    Re-building the nation's railway for a High Speed Rail System that's already available in Europe and Asia. It could be a consortium of Gov't. and private businesses; it would impact the entire country; it would involve more people than the Moon Project. It helped to shore up the US Economy in 1860 and 1920. If Europe, and esp. Germany, could build a high speed rail system, then we can too. Germany was a country recovering from WWII, large scale unemployment, scarcity of land and money, and yet that nation was able to build a sophisticated high speed rail system. America needs to be there-its inevitable.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  8. David R

    I don't know how much history anybody knows, but the CCC (Civilian Construction Corps) was put together in what, to me, looks like the same economic situation. They built many of the national parks and such currently in existence.

    Tie that in with the fact that there are places in the US that have a current drought situation, as well as places with a current flood situation. If we have an existing nationwide network of power lines and petroleum lines, why not a nationwide network of water lines? Building it would certainly take lots of work, which would require lots of labor. At the end, though, someplace like Seattle, which typically has more water than it needs, could pipe water to somewhere like Texas or Oklahoma, and at least take the edge off any drought situation. It would make sense to build two or three pretty large reservoirs as high up as possible, to simply use gravity to feed the water from there.

    Lots of work, lots of time, lots of jobs.

    And/or speed up construction of existing / future interstate projects.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  9. Scott Browning

    Yes I do have a creative solution which has been in the working for 20 years now. It is my TechRec Centers. These are centers that are setup as Adult Learning Centers. It addresses the unemployed, youth, and helps give back to their communities. People need a place to go to stimulate their minds. These centers consist of Learning Centers on one side the "Bar Code Cafe" in the middle and the High Tech Media Center on the other.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  10. Zain Jeewanjee

    I am an Insurance Agency out of San Jose CA, we started selling Online Insurance in 1997 amoung the first initial Insurance Agencies to go online.

    I have found a unique method by which I can hire any individule that is willing to work out of his/her home.

    The person is provided with a VOIP phone, and must have Internet Access available at his / her home. We then provide UNLIMITED Leads to the Agent and they process these leads and build an Agency of their own.

    We call this the first "Green Agency"
    They work out of their home office, no drive to work and no paper to mail.

    Its a win win,, we market across the country. For the unemployed its a perfect oportunity.

    The Canidates must have good comunication skills, must have at least 55 WPM typeing skills. Should be willing to work at least 7-8 hours a day, and a few hours on the weekend. and be willing to gt licensed.

    A normal producer will make anywhere from 1500 – 3000 each month to start with right away.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  11. Pete

    It is obvious that cheap Chinese and Indian labor kills jobs in US and Europe. So to create jobs ,all unfair job labor practices have to be revised.
    The law can be drafted that requires American company to provide the same environmental and labor law that we have in US to be applied in countries where they choose to produce, if they want their product to be sold in US.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  12. Clinton L. McCalla Sr.

    Make all government/state employees to take annual drug tests as a requirement for employment. The actual fee would be $25.00 but the cost for each and every employee would be $50.00 payable by the employee. From the state employed janitor, teacher, congressman, senator and even the president. If this was imposed right now, the governor of South Carolina would immediately take a drug test for aberrant behavior and we could at least rule out drug dependency for his recent actions. The additional cost would cover all expenses affiliated with taking drug tests and generate jobs for every state at no cost to the government.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  13. LUCY

    Times are tough, but there are plenty of occupational options in this country. For example, baby-sitting. If a person is unemployed, and has a neighbor paying outrageous rates for child care, the unemployed should care for that child at a more reasonable amount. Perhaps this will eliminate some on government pay rolls too, and also assist someone barely making it. Help you neighbor, and in turn help yourself make some money.... and eliminate some welfare. This would improve the state of some U.S. States.
    Regards, Lucy

    July 2, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  14. Darren

    The ways to create jobs are in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, or a combination of these. As for manufacturing, my friends have ideas for new products and so do I. The problem is the costs associated with research and development. There will be no innovation of new products until people can afford to invest.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  15. JoeZ

    First thing is the get the "government" out of job creation. Politicians "create jobs" based on a political agenda, not economics. We would have created more immediate jobs if we just paid people to bury money in the sand which would also have about the same career path for the "infrastructure" (read democrat party earmarks) spending we are getting.
    An Immediate tax cut tu business would have had a much more stimulative affect on business than the dribbiling out of taxpayer money to help Governors balance budgets after years of dysfunctional management.

    This government is more interested in saving the planet than our economy. Cap & Trade, pushed through withhout our so called representatives even reading the amendment will "cap" the economy and destroy any remaining competitive advantage U.S. industry may still enjoy.

    The markets are reflecting concerns over these expenses, nationalized healthcare, mandatory emission limitations, and the destruction of the U.S. auto industry with mandatory mileage requirments....with the administrations solution....'WINDMILLS"!

    You couldn't make this up!


    July 2, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  16. Sharon,Daniel Island, South Carolina

    I am in the process of trying the following.1. Advertising personal pet waste removal service, cleaning yards,parking lots,landscape areas were pet owners leave pet waste. My budget is so small however I can't afford newspaper advert, I am putting up computer generated flyers. 2. Baking gourmet dog treats using all natural ingre.,want to give out samples at the open air market where patrons bring there dogs, hopefully this will lead to an order of my doggy treats

    July 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  17. Lee K

    The president is trying to invent jobs that are not in demand, like clean energy jobs. They don’t exist! What do exist are good oil and gas exploration jobs. Well paying jobs and would be available if the president did something to encourage natural gas exploration for vehicles. Does the research but I believe the reason the unemployment rate is still going up is because drilling is slowing down. Oil and gas employs millions.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  18. Brian Bennett

    The "too big to fail" businesses will not see significant job growth for at least 3 years. The Obama administration should be looking at the small business start ups as an opportunity. Instead of giving money to the big corporations so they can continue giving themselves huge bonuses, give incentives to small business start ups and we will see an almost immediate (less than 1 year) drop in unemployment and the profits will be going to families that need the money.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  19. Gail Ellison

    Here is what I think we should do: Create some manufacturing IN THIS COUNTRY. We can't do that with health care expenses that are too high to insure employees in the US. So we need to find a way to test public health care while creating jobs. We need to find a way to start companies that build solar cells and turbines; batteries and chargers for cars; and yes, I will say it .... farms for marijuana. And use these business models as a medium for testing the impact of public health care as an option. These companies will not have to factor in 3X the salary of an employee to fund the salary with benefits, which is what is done now when allocating resources. (At least I would hope not; it depends on how the cost of the public health care is managed.) I can probably name some empty facilities right now that could be retooled for solar cells. This country needs to roll up its sleeves and get to work.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  20. Steven byrd

    The easiest way to cure joblessness,homeless and hunger is simple. Build artificial farms underground using artificial light. This will provide food year round and potencially hundreds of thousands of jobs. Secondly we tear down all of the unused homes and build up leaving more space and housing more families. This will create more space for our dwindling wildlife and plantlife to replenish themselves. The federal government should inturn immediately begin the production of solar and wind power to replace our dependance on other natural resources. The goes our stimulus in a nutshell for probably 1/2 the cost. Thank for your time.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  21. Alan Bayles

    Create a Federal Higher education job corps where all recent college grads can tutor/mentor minorities and others who have dropped out of high school. Alsono state education program should be contracting at a time when job creation is vital to our economic recovery. The stimulus money should be pouring into the state education systems now and the so called "green job" creations need to take a back seat to jobs that are shovel ready to help many out of work Americans now. Obama cannot be timid in this "economic war" of survivial and needs to just forget the republicans and get that money flowing now.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  22. Scott Roubal Reno NV

    Heidi, Yesterday our local energy company reported on the news that by the year 2025, that's right 2025, there goal is to produce 20% of it's power from either wind, solar or geo-thermal. It's sunny probably 300 days a year hear as well as the wind blowing just about everyday. I sent them an e-mail telling them they could put one of those wind turbines up in my backyard. If you travel about 15 – 20 miles outside of downtown Reno, you could put up enough wind and solar generators to power half the country. For 100's of miles its just open desert. I'm afraid that the power would become so cheap that the NV Energy 's higher up's might be afraid of having to give up some of those big profit bonuses.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  23. G Barber

    One important thing is to keep more jobs here in America than are being out sourced to other countries. Also Americans need to help by stop being spoiled and accept jobs that feel are beneath them and be patient and move up.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  24. John Brower

    What happened to the discussion during the campaign about incentives to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States?

    With the unemployment rate now at 9.5 million and who knows how many homeless people, that can be employed, you would think it would be a prime time to enact some type of incentive for corporations to bring some jobs back to the US.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  25. John Harrington

    I sent this idea to the White House.

    Instead of giving massive amounts of money to the Banking/Mortgage Industry for helping home owners.

    How about doing it in reverse. Providing funds/grants to homeowners "The People" to add value to devalued homes. Homeowners would need to apply for grants, along with a certified/approved contractor(s), this would create a huge number of jobs in the housing industry, while fixing home values.

    I'm sure "The People" can get the job done. This in turn will help the Banking/Mortgage industry by adding value to assets.


    July 2, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  26. Todd Riddell

    Frist way to help the economy is to do away with tax system we have go to a flat tax.That way everybody rich or poor pay's the same.It put's money in all pocket's and trim's goverment by billon's.Second don't give money to bank'sand car maker's.The money should be given to the poeple.If the goverment would give $100,000.00 to every couple that filed tax's to only be used for your morage and car note's and credit card's.That way it become's the bank's money.Then the bank's are not stuck with overrated loan's.
    Todd A Riddell Guin,Al

    July 2, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  27. Mark Legacy

    Dear Heidi,
    You want a creative idea for jobs? Well, we need thousands of jobs to be filled, to build the most innovative renewable energy structure. It can produce, and no kidding, 3,000 megawatts to 30,000 megawatts, depending on the size of the structure, client needs and the area of operation.

    It is the new energy and it is the 6th way to collect electricity from the ocean. All countries can now have clean energy to help balance their economy and no longer pollute the world. The jobs globally and in America would be into the tens of thousands.

    The Founder's creation is a "hydro-physics" machine and produces no waste, no toxic emissions, no fish migration disturbance, no acoustic disturbance to marine life, no silt flow disturbance and "lives" with the ocean.

    Currently, we are applying for the "Scottish Saltire Prize" and seeking our first client-country to construct our first full-scale structure for. It is very exciting!

    July 2, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  28. John Ripberger

    America will come around, itJ is going to take a while. We need to stop shipping manufacturing jobs over seas and across the border, the reason that they are is to save money but when this is done you sacrifice quality to save money. this is not right and should be corrected.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  29. Shay

    A creative way to create more jobs, would be to stop discriminating. More people would be employeed if they didn't get turned down for a job for silly discrimations. People get turned down for jobs for age, race, sexual orientation, and even REALLY stupid things like piercings and tattoos. I'm 14 and I've wanted a job since I was 8. But because of the discriminating laws, I keep getting told I need to be older, I need to be older, I need to be older. When I was 13, I was told I had to be 14, so I planned to work with my mom when I was 14, then JUST before I turned 14 and spent $50 on new clothes for job, I was told I need to be 16 unless I can get a work permit, which is a very slim chance unless I work on a farm. It's not right and I want it changed!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  30. Barbara Morris

    Use auto bailout money to implement an auto exchange program. Instead of giving the money to the top dogs to use for "business as usual", the money would go directly toward employing laid-off or existing workers by providing a small, high EPA rated car to low income folks for FREE in exchange for a 10 year or older car, or car with over 150,000 miles. This would 1. Keep workers emoloyed 2. Improve emmisions by getting old inefficient polluting cars off the road 3.Create a huge recycling industry of old cars 4. Stimulate the economy by providing economical transportation to millions of people 5. Give the money directly to workers in wages, not a penney to the executives. BUT the wages would be at a reduced rate- How many reduced rate, say $10,000 cars would $500,000,000,000 buy?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  31. Alan Hidalgo from Louisiana

    For all those false commercials that say that the U.S. government is trying to make the healthcare system like the poor Canadian Healthcare system, they are wrong. Obama has came up with the bst healthcare plan ever.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  32. Connie Maltin

    I totally understand the fascination with Michael Jackson news, as I was also a big fan, but I feel that with the unfortunate death of Farrah Fawcett, an important chance was missed, due to the timing, by the major news agencies, to inform the public of the importance of colo-rectal cancers. It would have been a perfect chance for Dr Gupta to cover the importance of screenings, and also the importance of diet in helping to prevent severe health issues for Americans. People with IBS, Type 1 Diabetes, GERD, etc, should be told of the connection to autoimmune diseases such as celiac, and the importance of diet to their health. I hope that this issue can be recovered along with the reports this week on our over-weight society, and that the issues of Ms. Fawcett's disease can help someone out there to have a healthy life.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  33. James Dennis

    We should turn Detroit into a call center and take these jobs back!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  34. Nick

    Forgive all the debt of college students with degrees Mr. Obama has been pushing for, like engineers and scientists.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  35. Gerald Fitzwater

    It seems to me that making jobs is not the problem but how to do so which will also save money and perhaps increase resources. It is time to create jobs by tapping unused resources in our country. I suggest hemp farming. It is easy enough to do and would provide a green renewable energy resource. Our country has gone too long without it and it is time to bring it back. It could very well be the economic boost our country needs to come out of this recession or economic troubles. Whichever people wish it to be.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  36. Tina Johnson

    Change regulations so cruise ships can travel more freely between US ports in exchange for higher percentage of US staff as a requirement – easing the current regulations requiring visits to foreign ports.

    Build more ships in the US.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  37. Barbara

    GROW THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY by BANNING the production of new plastic. Create jobs mining landfills for recyclable materials. Recycle the plastic causing ocean "dead zones"-unemployeed fishermen could harvest plastic from the ocean. All packaging should have to pass strict earth friendly standards. Recycling should be mandatory in all states.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  38. Larry

    bring some of our mfg jobs back home and price the goods so the co can make money and offer a wage to its workers that exceptable. gov can offer the co a tax break for doing so, and we can stop making china so rich that we them have to borrow from them.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  39. Elizabeth Simons

    do not use self checkouts at grocery or discount stores...there is no monetary gain to the customer and the store is eliminating cashiers jobs...

    July 2, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  40. Joseph

    Want to create jobs? The tax code needs to be ditched and rebuilt with a fairtax system. Taxpayers paychecks are taxed 5 times before they get the money! Why? Its our money. Why is there a payroll tax? Stop hitting those who pay wages and stop providing empty promises to those who earn wages. Furthermore, eliminate NAFTA and secure our borders, audit and then eliminate the Federal Reserve, and return the dollar to the Gold Standard. Creating jobs and government promises will mean nothingg when the dollar keeps tanking and the rest of the world loses total confidence in the US Dollar. Additionally, we need to stop asking a failing government help us, they fail us, they lie, why ask them to fix the problems they create? There is no such thing as a big and wise government. Finally, we need to tell our elected officials to stop comparing other countries to ours and that goes for the POTUS! This is thee United States, not the EU, not Asia, not South America.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  41. John Marra

    The Big 3, railroads, and new energy companies should join together to build integrated, overlapping trolley, subway, and rail transport systems based on new, green tech. This promotes job creation in green tech and puts autoworkers back to work doing what they already know how to do. Also puts railroad workers and many other back to work along with easing traffic congestion and lessening pollution and dependence on foriegn oil. Use the existing electrical grid, railroad, and highway right-of-ways so no new property has to be obtained for this transportation grid.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  42. metalaity

    Retool the auto industry plants that aren't producing or are going under to manufacture all things energy efficient to release us from the grip of foreign oil.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  43. Jim Garrity

    I think it would be sensible to retool these automobile factories to produce wind turbines with all of the structural and electronic components involved in bringing them on line.

    You could also utilize the idling steel industry in this venture with its infrastructure and facilities to produce the alloys that are needed in the above mentioned factories.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  44. Marley

    Legalize Marijuana. It's not only a recreational cash crop, but would provide millions of textile, medical research, agricultural, marketing, retail and carrier jobs in this country.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  45. Monica B in Texas

    The focus has to be on "small business" I way laid off after 18 yrs in the financial services industry and could not find a job so I went into business for myself. The red tape and access to funding is almost impossible. There has to be a better and easier way; President Obama I like and support your ideas but the money is not filtering down to those who need it...

    July 2, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  46. Laura Cisero

    I think that we should use some of the stimulus money to build more jails. I am always hearing about room shortages in jails so they let detaines out early to make room for more criminals. Why don't we invest in more jails so that the people who belong behind bars can stay there. This will create jobs and help keep the people save.

    There also seems to be a real big problem with housing and hospitals for the mentally or physically disabled. Lets try to build some hospitals or housing for these people with the proper staff to help them.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  47. Joseph M.

    Good Morn,

    I am a self employed father of two boys and have been effected greatly by the economy. The youngest of my boys (18 months) has sickle cell. We all have to be sure to give him a germ free environment as much as possible where he plays both at home and in parks. So as you can imagine we carry purell everywhere. Watching him playing in the park the other day and seeing the condition of the play area give me an idea to create a cleaning and disinfecting company for day care play gyms and parks. I think it is over looked and they should be cleaned properly. I have all these great ideas and know it would create jobs for 10,000's of people all over the country. Where can I start?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  48. Evelyn Kelly

    To put our country back to work. Open up our steel mills and our textile mills and put Americans back to work. Stop importing all our goods.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  49. Bonnie OConnor

    If we pass the energy bill, we will create new techonology that will move us into the 21st century which other countries are already doing. This would also reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Did you know that they are testing solar panels in the Shara desert that might power all of Europe? Did you know that they are working on synthetic trees that gobble up carbon dioxide 1000 times faster than our regular trees? There is solar, hydro, wind, and geothermal power. Did you know that they are looking at turning algae into boifuels? There are also smaller safer nucear power plants in the works for the US. All of these will create new jobs, that can't be taken to other countries, in the US if the Energy bill is passed by the Senate. So write your congressmen people! We need those jobs and we need to take care of the world we live in.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  50. Bettyann Pernice

    Unfortunately, the days of a job for life are over. Perhaps we should take a tip from the trade unions and form groups (unions of people for the lack of a better word) to do certain short-term jobs until completion, then move on to the next job.

    For instance, here in beautiful San Diego, the highways are littered with garbage, particularly in the area of the shopping malls. It is destroying the beauty of our area . Our local government does not have enough money to operate properly. Why not get a group together to clean up the highways. When one area is done, they could move on to the next job, beautification of the beach, the oceanfront, community parks. The Federal government would supply the funds for this and our people could remain employed, between each job, they could collect their unemployment benefits.

    I am a small business owner and my work is seasonal. I don't make much but many of us would rather be working part time than not at all.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  51. Takisha

    I think we need to keep jobs in America. I don't know about anyone else, but it frustrates me to know end that every time I call customer service these days I get a foregion call center and a customer service rep with a very thick accent making an already difficult conversation all the more frusterating because I can't understand most of what they're saying! And face it, we call customer service only when there is a problem. So far I have experienced this with most of my credit card and banking inquiries, cell phone, and even calling about problems with my car insurance. I am an American! I spend my American made money with American companies for American goods and services. Am I the only one that feels like my American money should be spent to pay Americans to be there to help me when I pick up the phone. FYI, I found out it is possible if you call the right time of day you can request a state side call center. They don't like it and you'll have to sit on hold a few minutes longer, but the conversation, in my experience is much more productive. Maybe if we all start to request to speak to someone in American call centers, the foregion centers will become a waste of money...?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  52. John Marra

    Promote R&D and implementation of small energy augmentation for individual homes. Have small solar & wind systems with new-tech battery storage systems to take SOME of single home's and businesses energy usage off the grid. Also encourage R&D and promotion of the use of rainwater collectors and rainwater filtering & distribution systems for homes and businesses, for use on lawns, toilets, and even for drinking. Power this (when needed) with the solar/wind system I already mentioned. Offer grants or tax breaks for those who choose to do this. This promotes jobs in R&D, manufacturing, distribution & sales, and so on. At the same time it lessens our use of our current outdated systems.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  53. Alex Larson

    with development of an alternate energy resource should make available more jobs with those new plants opening up. the quicker the auto industry is able to adjust and compete with the competition trhough different resources and more gas efficient vehicles the quicker more American jobs become available. people have lost sight of the ambition that once fueled the economy that put America at the top

    July 2, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  54. Dineen B.

    Since the economy is bad for most and also our environment needs help-I say we create jobs(hire) for "undercover environmental police" the undercovers can issue fines to people/buisnesses who pollute/litter (that $ from the fines will help bring money in) and we can create more jobs by hiring people (town/county workers)to clean up our neighborhood/earth.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  55. Sarah

    I have a problem with illegal aliens taking our jobs AND our Social Security benefits. Those jobs could be given to the unemployed who are here LEGALLY. The illegal aliens need to get LEGAL and become elligible for jobs and Social Security benefits on their OWN merits.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  56. george l clement

    were throwing it all away! i got an idea, why cant we recycle garbage post consumer. we could reduce waste and clean old garbage dump sights. this would crate billions of tons of raw materials that could be sold to pay employees a good wage.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  57. Bill Gronwald

    Creative Ways to Create Jobs

    We've all been trained by fast food restaurants to clean up our own trays and trash. Why not leave everything on the table and let the fast food restaurants hire entry level people to clean up tables? Of course, we would all pay another nickel for a burger or a coffee, but why not?

    July 2, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  58. Alex Larson

    we cant depend on oil to continue to fuel the economy and if we wait till the last minute to switch over then it will be too late for everyone the quicker we get started on a different renewable energy source the quicker more jobs open up because not only will the oil plants be open but the new energy plants will be open as well and that will link over to many other jobs such as the auto industry and everything thats affected by the oil industry. we are being controlled at other capatilists expense and the power hungry CEO's need some sort of limitations in order to balance the population so that more money is better distributed. i am an avid supporter of the American dream but if we do not change the energy source the problem will not get better, everything that has happened has been linked to oil what would eliminate that is America having its own source of energy to fuel the economy

    July 2, 2009 at 11:06 am |

    Creating jobs is not a problem. Innovation is not a problem. Health care is not a problem, but when you have elected officals and a President that ignores solutions that have been presented to them this is a problem. Most small business concerns are experienced in multi tasking, our government is not. It does not make any difference if you have health care, cancer does not care. You can spent tax dollars on jobs that are short term, but if you do not fix the root of the problem this is all wasted. If you look at government agencies you will see government jobs are secure and growing., but if you look at our environment and health you will see a degrading of what we once were use to seeing every day. EPA shows a path where our air and water are impaired and yet EPA states every day what they have done and yet we continue to experience negatives effect on our health and environemt and loss of jobs. The President supports and wants green jobs and techonolgy, yet the whitehouse never responds to offers to provide those solutions. The President and our elected officals and government agencies like to talk the talk, but they have a problem walking the walk. There are many of us that have developed solutions to many of our on going issues, but if you have leaders that just talk the talk and are not interested in correcting the issues. Our leaders need to come to the real world and see what some of us have to offer and stop the bleeding of this nation.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  60. Bill Payne

    One way to create new jobs would be to create a new group in the Justice Department to assist cities in fighting crime. It might be called the Mobile Operations Police for Urban Protection (MOP-UP). The MOP-UP leadership would be staffed with experienced police, FBI, private detectives and other persons. They would recruit additional team members to take on the policing problems of specific cities (by invitation) on a temporary basis, perhaps for six months or one year. Cities with high crime rates would be targeted for special, focused work by MOP-UP. Thus new jobs would be created that would also help reduce urban crime.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  61. Kay Fadell

    Stop the outsourcing for materials and products from other countries and promote American Made. Stop giving tax breaks to companies to move out of the U.S. and breaks to the companies that stay. Make it law that no illegal alien may work, purchase property, purchase a home or business. Forgein businesses also should have strict regulations on purchasing property or businesses whithin our boarders.That also there is no more free trade for any country unless we have the same from their country. In these tough economical times America needs to take care of her own and send the people who are not hers back home. There should be, for the time being, no more citizenships given until the economy picks up. Then there should be a cap on the amount of citizenships awarded each year thereafter.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  62. Bill Payne

    A valuable public service could be rendered while creating new jobs if the President set up mobile federal audit or inspection groups to work in conjunction with spending stimulus or recovery funds. Some projects that are not actually needed currently receive federal stimulus money. Evidently local officials just want to get the money, needed or not. Preliminary inspection and evaluation by a mobile team from Washington could help prevent such abuse. A number of such teams with audit, engineering or inspection experience would be necessary, to work on-site before and after awarding of contracts.

    July 2, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  63. William Courtland

    I could write on this topic until the blog closed...

    The first step in creating jobs: is taking a few away: by this I mean Salary intake of members of Congress: being a Representative is not a paid career: it is a membership with perks of re-imbursement.

    In correcting the Federal Congressional levels of representatives to reflect a district size of 30 000 people: a new Capitol hill would be required.

    Building this capitol hill would create jobs: and is a required part of federal service expectations: the growth of the House of Representatives.

    The next stage is using the government platform: the military: and a mass consortium of corporations to generate a new field of economic standards based upon a new rated index of raw materials: the federal government would then be expected to store a large quantity of these materials in a stock pile which would bring true value to Federal fiat: this stock pile would be regularly used for government services and be sold to the general public and would be replaced regularly; it would also serve to deny the futures markets fluctuations.

    The next stage is fulfilling the general contract for an updated system for new United States Postal routes: rails which would service the new Capitol hill building via bacement entrypoints...

    The new rail industry: requiring the construction of megablocks of engineering to be layed in tandem to create a new dynamic rail bed which conducts electricity, water, communications, and traffic.

    Once the rail has expanded to reach true industrial points of raw material gathering: and as sub systems fo the rail allow for constant delivery: America will begin to expand in earnest: selling huge quantities of new materials and design to other nations.

    America will be required to import labor in mass quantities just to meet the need: while the new sized American Congress would work towards a new and defined status for Federal method governship which involves the people and creates a new state and main for all standards of life. The new Capitol hill would serve the members of Congress as if it were a university: and the Representatives were tenured researchers: while Federal product testing and instructional law and reviews would gain a place for apparatus conducting...

    As the world market shifts to accept the updated postal route: the community will change in method and architecture: jobs will change and augment to the new setting of the new first world economy.

    nearly 10 000 representatives: re-imbursed for service: but expected to hold regular job positions in their communities of representation: to be re-imbursed based upon the work index worth of their own natural careers.

    The party system will then go into reform: allowing association, organization, and foundations to sponsor but not back constitutional amendments: while people forums would truly create those amendments for congressional review and possible constitutional posting for ratification...

    To create new jobs in the United States: the government needs to modernize and correct itself back to the true nature of the Federal Constitution. Divided branches: intelligent policy with basis under the Constitution, and proper district representational apportionment; tax laws then require overhauling to allow for taxation only with representation: and at federal level this means a State ratified amendment to the Constitution to authorize the billing. Policy and the party must be stopped: once government stops partying the people will manage to get back to work.

    New cars, new trains, new rails, new military machines, new types fof heavy equipment: for industry, commerce, and rail expansion, new methods for home and building construction, new digital opportunities: the foundations to sell a new first world to the globes old first world: and bring stability to those second and third worlds with first world treaty initiatives for resource exploitation: and natural environmental protection practices and global zoning...

    The Whitehouse itself and the Senate will need to format a new treaty to engineer and provide a new type of rail system which allows free automobile traffic to use nationally/globally binding electrical routes to found peace, world trade, and first world stability: when all participating nations are in agreement: the building can begin: but design must happen first: and this is the work of Military leadership: controlling the masses of corportations interested in a new method infrastructure to provide the next generation of advanced services: the wholesale bonding to provide this new rail: purchased for mass involvement and benefit by those participating corporations and allowing reduced costs to those of the citizenry who also purchase such bonds of investment: while alternate nations would gain from a different level of installation benefits and resource exchange initiatives...

    July 2, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  64. Tommy

    I work, or should I say worked for a taconite mine, on minnesota's "iron range", needless to say, there is absolutely zero work up here. These small towns on the range are desperate for something to happen as is the rest of the world. Our small voices are being totally ignored and everyone is getting tired of sitting around and waiting for these "elected officials" to quit arguing and get to work. If I had one thing to say to the White House is Knock-it-off and get to work!

    July 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  65. Larry Fries

    How about more jobs, more investments, more power, and more water? It seems to me that a pethora of the small nuclear power systems as used by aircraft carriers and submarines could supplement all of these current and future needs. The technology has been proven. The small size could allow placement on and off shore. The comming drought here in California could use the water and we have small islands and "rigs" which could be used.

    July 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  66. Paul

    Creation of jobs: Giving tax credits to companies that produce their products in the USA. This would give incentives for companies to return (those that have left for cheap labor) and hire those in this country that are in need of jobs. The tax savings allows them extra income to pay a decent wage. I am sure there are many more "pieces" to this puzzle but this would be a step in the right direction.


    July 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  67. David

    I am sorry I missed you this morning. I can't tell you how stupid I feel. A little exhausted by trying to stay ahead or keep up with everything, not complaining though.

    Cute topic. I wish CNN tv would start covering science, technology, arts, society, entertainment, more. It's almost like this vital news is being embargoed.

    July 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  68. Barb

    Keep our technical support jobs in this country. Stop outsourcing to countries where English is not the first language. I admire the people in other countries who take these jobs, but it's not a good fit for us or them. The companies who outsource these jobs should be given some incentive from the government for keeping the jobs stateside. Many of our major gluttonous companies are guilty of outsourcing and, as a result, technical support is pretty much nonexistent–this includes major computer companies, cables companies, telephone companies and many, many others.

    As part of the bailout, REQUIRE the major car manufacturers to make smaller, more fuel efficient cars. Lots of jobs there.

    Create a "keep our country clean" organization that provides seasonal jobs for students or others who may need extra temporary income. Target graffiti, clean highways, plant flowers, etc.

    Hire average citizens to participate in focus groups whose goal is to identify those things that would make our country a better place to live for all of its citizens. Even though I believe the current administration is in touch more than the last, I still don't believe they totally understand the plight of the average American fully. These groups would require some very good facilitators to be sure that the work got done and people stayed focused on the goals and the purpose of the group, but there are many people who would be capable of providing this kind of expertise. Hiring average Americans to share their opinions about American life would demonstrate that our government is fully committed to its people. This could not be limited to the very rich or the people with connections–it would need to be open to anyone who wants to participate. Limited time employment unfortunately.

    Like Secret Shoppers, cities, states or the federal government could hire individuals with exemplary driving records to monitor our highways for unsafe drivers. Their cars could be equipped with video cameras for proof much like the toll system now flashes pictues of people who don't pay their tolls. There is a shortage of police officers patrolling the highways and in my state, it's a free-for-all most of the time on the city highways as well as the interstate. People who drive way over the speed limit, weave in and out of traffic, cut cars off at high speeds, tailgate and display road rage should be fined or lose their licenses. Payment could be made by the incident.

    July 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  69. Lavita Khemlani

    In this country we do not have domestic help like cooking, cleaning the house, in home child care etc. Back home we can have 2/3 maids to help out . Can somthing be done about jobs for domestic help...Lavita

    July 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  70. John Marra

    BILL PAYNE!! SORRY...IT WASN'T YOU WHO I WAS RESPONDING TO. Sorry, couldn't delete my post. Again, sorry Bill Payne...what you said makes sense.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  71. Kenny Beck

    I think major problems stem from the quick development and not thorough enough societal vetting of projects that cause upheavals to many established industries. Two of the myriad of programs/projects that immediately come to mind are and Satellite Radio. I'll address the latter first. Given the hundreds of millions that were spent to implement, acquire celebrity talent (Howard Stern) and try to garner a substantial audience, the whole venture is turning out to be a great debacle.

    Constantly losing hundreds of millions more, charging exorbitant fees and proving not to be the necessity it was once projected to be, satellite radio is proving itself to be a kind of "pariah" of the economy.

    Since its introduction, satellite has managed to hasten the demise of traditional, terrestrial radio while causing the loss of many jobs and the destruction of many businesses associated with the broadcasting industry. This has been done without any consideration being given to the entities and employee's affected by this poor business model coming into existence.

    Not only were and are the aforementioned entities and employee's so devastatingly harmed, there are millions of others extremely and adversely harmed, namely musicians, songwriters, publishers and various other creatives whose livelihoods depend on radio to make a living.

    A look at the membership roles of so many professional music industry organizations will give you a quick headcount of just a fraction of those we are talking about (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, The National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences (NARAS), Organizations, Guilds, Societies etc). The list is staggering and it extends throughout the world, providing this nonsense is allowed to proliferate.

    Perhaps there are great benefits to be enjoyed from this "tool". Unfortunately now is not that time. We are and have been involved in two major military conflicts, an almost cataclysmic, most "depression like" world economic "recession", with the distinct possibility of just these problems almost assuredly becoming worse.

    Myspace and it's "general" are even more culpable. There seems to be, among the "many mon-ied" major push throughout the world to devalue all creative content while many these "pseudo" beneficial networks have not divulged or even initiated a way for content creators to recoup or practically make a modicum of income without adhering to a plethora of "nefarious" schemes which only these entities make money with, without sharing any profits (tens of millions per month), with artists posting their materials on their sites. It's disgusting! There is much more that can be addressed, with several industries across the board.

    No need for government expenditure at all. Just put and end to greed without consideration for who it effects.

    At the very least, if this "slickness" is to be allowed to continue, make at least a portion of all investment and profits owned by particular, employment specific area's of the industries effected. Don't just tell artist join our site, post your material, use this as a good tool to promote yourself so you can get some customers to buy your material. Promoting, publicizing and creating sales of anything are no easy task. How do you ask those who have no expertise or experience at all to just go out there and "Do It"!

    July 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  72. Jesse

    We should start repairing our roads, bridges, water pipes, and increase public transportation to give people the option of saving gas

    July 3, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  73. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez

    According to recent CNN poll, the economy remains the number-one issue on American minds. Why should not be? The tough economy has even affected our way of live. President Obama needs to urge into innovative in all strategies. Accountability has to become a science. I do not believe that his meeting with leaders of companies large and small will be productive in creating jobs. This is a “grand mal” that will take decipher to clarify. Corruption can no longer be patronized. We have to teach our youngsters to know the difference.

    July 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  74. Mel

    Hi! I think one of the most important thing is about your knowledges, I mean, for exemple: If I know how to speak spanish or another language, I can start giving Spanish classes to those people who don't speak spanish.. The point is that if we have the knowledge about an hability we have, I think is a good idea to obtain benefits. Let's develop it!

    from Dom. Republic.-

    July 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  75. Russ

    More jobs in this country, Lets see; 1) kick out all of the illegals, 2) stop outsourceing jobs, 3) a flat tax system in this country, 4) tax breaks for companies that stay here, 5) build the infrastructure back to a decent level, 6) don't let every other world country sell all their junk here without a high traiff on the item, 7) remove some of the outdated laws on companies, 8) give wide spread nuclear power a chance, 9)get auto companies to built better more MPG cars, 10) Let people who want gas guzzlers to pay more for them, 11) Start letting people with a good knowledge of the subject matter to decide what to do and not every TOM -DICK-andHARRY. when it comes to science-health-crime-or whatever, 12) bring back the death penalty ( for most crimes), and stop letting crimnals out of jail early. 13) make public employees responible for their work and actions, 14) kick out public employees that abuse the sytem and trust they were given. 15) enfore the laws on the books now and stop making new ones. This could be an easy start for everyone.
    Thank You

    July 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm |