What Are “Targeted Jobs”?

BY Business Desk  February 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM EDT

Job seeker; AP photo

Question/Comment: Paul, can you explain what “targeted jobs” are? Are these something different from the type of jobs that people are losing now? It seems to me that $30,000 spent on retaining a librarian would have the same economic benefit as spending it on a construction worker. What am I missing or is it just politics?

Paul Solman: The stimulus package needs to be sold to a skeptical public. “Targeted jobs” sounds better than “save librarians,” I guess. But there’s plenty of money in the stimulus for job retention. It’s thought to be a harder sell and so receives less fanfare.