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Pentagon Spending is the Least Effective Way to Create Jobs after COVID-19

June 15, 2020


As Congress works to get Americans back into jobs lost in the COVID-19 crisis, it must focus on proven solutions. Dollar for dollar, spending on the Pentagon and national defense creates fewer jobs than other top industries. According to a Brown University study, $1 billion invested in education will create over twice as many jobs as $1 billion spent on the Pentagon.

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Cart depicting total jobs created per $1 billion invested: - Education: 15,300 - Health care: 14,300 - Clean Energy: 9,800 - Military: 6,900

Source: Heidi Garrett-Peltier, “The Job Opportunity Cost of War,” Costs of War Project, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, May 25, 2017, and Heidi Garrett-Peltier, “War Spending and Lost Opportunities,” Costs of War Project, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, March 2019