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Why Millennials Aren’t Saving for Retirement—and What We Can Do to Change That

millennialMillennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.

By Ben Schwartz and Sarah Ayres | Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America

Apprentices with Ocean Spray Cranberries attend a ceremony bars icon Charts The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business

President Barack Obama talks with electrical apprenticeship instructor Tim WisyanskiHere are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

By Sarah Ayres and Ben Schwartz | Monday, July 14, 2014

Policies States Can Enact to Promote Apprenticeship

obama speechApprenticeship is a time-tested worker-training model that is gaining traction as a possible solution to America’s workforce challenges. Here are some steps that states can take to expand apprenticeships.

By Sarah Ayres, Ethan Gurwitz, and Ben Schwartz | Monday, June 30, 2014

Apprenticeship Expansion in England

Marketing materials for Britain's article icon Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Friday, June 6, 2014

What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion

Scottish flags Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.

By Sarah Ayres and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy

Paul Ryan article icon Issue Brief Economic research shows that the safety net reduces poverty and boosts mobility.

By Sarah Ayres | Monday, March 31, 2014

5 Reasons Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance

Audience appeals for jobs bars icon Charts Congress has never cut off unemployment insurance when long-term unemployment has been this high.

By Sarah Ayres | Friday, January 10, 2014

5 Reasons Expanding Apprenticeships Will Benefit Millennials

Rolls-Royce apprenticeLawmakers should expand apprenticeship opportunities to give young Americans access to well-paying, middle-class jobs that do not require a four-year degree.

By Sarah Ayres | Monday, December 2, 2013

Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States

Apprentice book_alt2 icon Report By expanding apprenticeships in the United States, policymakers can create pathways to well-paying middle-class jobs for young Americans, while helping businesses meet the need for skilled workers.

By Ben Olinsky and Sarah Ayres | Monday, December 2, 2013

Why Congress Must Extend Emergency Unemployment Benefits

cursor icon Interactive Failing to expand emergency unemployment benefits would cut off millions of Americans from benefits and slow economic growth.

By Sarah Ayres | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Promoting Good Jobs for Millennials

Fast food worker strike article icon Issue Brief Young Americans have the most to gain from raising the minimum wage and enhancing worker protections.

By Sarah Ayres | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top 5 Reasons Young People Should Fight to Strengthen—Not Cut—Social Security

Millennials can’t afford to let conservatives dismantle America’s greatest progressive achievement.

By Sarah Ayres | Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Middle-Out for Millennials: Creating Jobs for Young People

article icon Issue Brief The government can implement policies to combat Millennials’ unemployment today and secure a more prosperous American future tomorrow.

By Sarah Ayres and Molly Dillon | Monday, November 4, 2013

Middle-Out for Millennials

book_alt2 icon Report Rebuilding our economy from the middle out—not from the top down—is central to creating an American economy that works for Millennials.

By Sarah Ayres | Monday, October 21, 2013