Why Small Businesses are good for Social Workers

An article recently published by Usnews.com provides information about the higher-than-predicted number of jobs created this June. According to the report, “172,000 new positions” were created, 20% more than predicted. Interestingly enough, companies with “less than 50 employees generated 95,000 new positions, while larger companies with at least 500 employees accounted for just 25,000 additions.” That means collectively, small businesses are hiring more employees per month than larger corporations. Of course, the numbers make sense, as large and more stable businesses grow less, therefore hiring less than rapidly expanding start-ups.

Now, this information may seem more relevant to the field of economics than social welfare. However, this is not the case, as social workers regularly deal with the unemployed. If more jobs are available(especially jobs with the lower standards that local businesses tend to have), the unemployed naturally have a better chance at finding work and becoming self-sufficient. And isn’t that the goal of any social welfare program to begin with?

Furthermore, fewer unemployed people means that welfare programs can devote more resources to other groups in need. By dedicating less money to unemployment offices, TANF(money dedicated to helping the recently unemployed), and so on, more services can be made available to benefit others. Overall, the jobs from small businesses provide just as much value to welfare programs as they do to the bolstering of our economy.

By nature, small businesses grow faster than larger ones. Because they have the potential to provide tens of thousands of jobs for the unemployed, organizations like the National Association of Social Workers(NASW) should lobby to place less restrictions and lower tax rates on these local enterprises. If small businesses can flourish, so will America’s employment rate.


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