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Our Working Nation in 2013

Prince family book_alt2 icon Report As President Obama enters his second term and as the 113th Congress convenes, this re-release of “Our Working Nation” takes a new look at how we can update our workplace policies to fully include women and men who combine work with family care.

By Heather Boushey, Ann O'Leary, and Sarah Jane Glynn | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Obama Puts the Middle Class First (Surprise: So Do Economists)

President Obama's second term could spell the end of "trickle-down" and the beginning of something that might be called "middle-out" economics.

By Heather Boushey | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Growing from the Middle Out: The U.S. Economy in Obama’s Second Term

President Obama needs to focus not just on employment per se but on creating good jobs.

By Heather Boushey | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Growing from the Middle Out: U.S. Jobs and the Economy in Obama’s Second Term

While the economy has been in recovery since June 2009, the level of output continues to be significantly below potential, and as a result, unemployment, remains unacceptably high. The best starting point would be a focus on growing the economy from the middle out.

By Heather Boushey | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech article icon Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.

By Adam Hersh, Heather Boushey, and David Madland | Monday, December 10, 2012

The Fall of 'Trickle-Down' and the Rise of 'Middle-Out' Economics

Starving our economy of needed investments and pulling the rug out from under an already-struggling middle class will not grow our economy.

By Heather Boushey | Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Next Chapters in the Republican War on Math: Tax Cuts and Austerity

GOP partisans got their forecasts all wrong in the run-up to the election. Now they're showing their innumeracy in the policy arena, too.

By Heather Boushey | Sunday, November 18, 2012

There Are Significant Business Costs to Replacing Employees

Now Hiring sign at a jobs fair article icon Issue Brief Workplace policies that improve employee retention can help companies reduce their employee turnover costs.

By Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, November 16, 2012

Ganancias de Empleo han ido de subida en cada estado durante el 2012

Bridge repairMientras los beneficios de la Ley de Recuperación del 2009 se disminuyen, se ven ganancias en los empleos en los estados que fueron golpeados por la Gran Recesión.

By Heather Boushey and Jane Farrell | Monday, November 5, 2012

Restore Public-Sector Jobs and Invest in Infrastructure for Immediate Jobs and Long-Term Growth

Government investment in the public sector, infrastructure, and green jobs is the best way to the create jobs in the United States.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, November 2, 2012

Jobs Numbers Demonstrate Strengthening Economy

Job fairToday's employment numbers show that investing in the middle class is helping our economic recovery.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, November 2, 2012

The Many Benefits of Paid Family and Medical Leave

Daughter assisting mother article icon Issue Brief Implementing a paid leave program such as Social Security Cares would help bring the United States up to par relative to other nations’ labor standards, and it would help facilitate the dual roles of worker and caregiver that most adults will experience at some point in their lives.

By Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, November 2, 2012

State Jobs Gains on the Rise in 2012

Bridge repairAs the benefits of the Recovery Act of 2009 wind down, employment is picking up in states hit hard by the Great Recession.

By Heather Boushey and Jane Farrell | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Fat Lady Ain’t Sung Yet

Hanna Rosin’s new book, The End of Men, discusses the ongoing rise of women, but a number of inequalities between men and women in the workplace and at home still persist.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, September 28, 2012

Celebrating the Success of California’s Paid Family Leave Act

California Gov. Gray DavisCalifornia’s Paid Family Leave insurance program has been an unqualified success, and we should extend the same benefits to all workers.

By Heather Boushey and Sarah Jane Glynn | Thursday, September 27, 2012