I'm of the opinion that "high unemployment" is a trend largely due to the benefits private corporations accrue investing in technology rather than human capital. If the above is a somewhat irreversible technological trend that is serving to greatly undermine the labor markets and in a sense the overall economy, perhaps the only solution is to "force" our most successful corporations to hire extra workers. The only thing to keep in mind is whether it will be good for Wall St., and in that sense, one's personal feelings towards government intervention don't really matter. Perhaps a coefficient could be created using profits, market cap, or some other metric and this coefficient could be used to determine how many employees the Apple's, Google's, and Exxon's of the world would have add. These three companies are obviously of no danger of going bankrupt anytime soon and if their balance sheets changed I would hope it would be extremely easy for them to "leave" this fairly drastic government program. Anyone else believe the developed country labor markets are broken and need to be fixed?