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State-Level Employment Impacts of Proposed National THRIVE Agenda

Job Creation through THRIVE Agenda: National and State-Level Impacts

PERI researchers Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, Gregor Semieniuk, and Chirag Lala have produced a series of reports that estimate the job creation that would result throughout the U.S. and in 21 U.S. states if the U.S. Congress passes a national THRIVE Agenda. The agenda’s commitment is to “Transform, Heal and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy”—i.e. “THRIVE”—through a range of investments to rebuild the U.S. economy. The four major investment areas include: clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, infrastructure, agriculture/land restoration, and care economy/public health/postal system.
>> Read National THRIVE Agenda Report
>> Read State-level THRIVE Reports

State Reports:

Arizona Colorado Florida Georgia
Illinois Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Montana
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina
Pennsylvania Texas  West Virginia  

>> See also National Thrive Agenda Report

These individual state-level reports estimate the job creation that would result in each of the states if the U.S. Congress passes economic recovery legislation that implements a national THRIVE investment agenda, as described in a September 2020 Congressional resolution. The Congressional resolution’s commitment is to “Transform, Heal and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy” –i.e. “THRIVE”—through a range of investments to rebuild the U.S. economy. To date, the THRIVE Agenda has been endorsed by more than 100 members of Congress, and hundreds of major union, racial justice, and climate organizations.

The THRIVE Agenda consists of four major investment areas: Clean renewable energy and energy efficiency; Infrastructure and manufacturing development; Agriculture and land restoration; and Care economy, public health, and the postal system. For the U.S. as a whole, the THRIVE Agenda is designed as a 10-year investment program, with an average annual budget of $954 billion. The job creation estimates for each state are based on the assumption that each state would receive its share of the overall THRIVE budget based on its share of the U.S. population. The expansion in job opportunities in each state would be in addition to the benefits resulting from building a clean energy system throughout the state; deepening the state’s commitment to protecting its environment; enhancing productivity and business opportunities through upgrading the state’s infrastructure; widening opportunities in agriculture and land restoration; and raising quality standards in the provision of care economy, health care, and postal delivery services.

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