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August 2014

article icon Issue Brief As we approach Labor Day, Congress needs to cut the party-line bickering and refocus its efforts on policies that help American workers.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out

Modernizing overtime rules would kickstart our economy in the short term and help us invest in human capital in the long term.

By Brendan Duke | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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New Jobs Data Underscore Stable Recovery Although Wages Have Yet to Budge

Despite positive job numbers, the U.S. labor market still faces long-term quality and quantity problems.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, August 1, 2014

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The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-August 2014 Jobs Release

bars icon Charts Despite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

By Michael Madowitz and Jackie Odum | Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

Millennials 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

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Rebounding Growth Allays Fears, But Shadows Still Loom Over the Economy

The U.S. economy’s continued failure to grow inclusively along with unnecessary public spending cuts are weighing on the recovery.

By Adam Hersh | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Offshoring Work Is Taking a Toll on the U.S. Economy

bars icon Charts Reshoring tax incentives can ease the wage and employment pressures across the country.

By Adam Hersh and Ethan Gurwitz | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility Agenda

As Congress explores strategies for boosting economic security and mobility, subsidized jobs are an effective tool for employing those left behind by the labor market.

By Rachel West | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Working and Still Poor

When you try living on $77 a week for food, transportation, and entertainment—the budget of a minimum-wage worker—spending on things that many take for granted requires tough choices and carries significant consequences.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Federal Coal Leasing in the Powder River Basin

article icon Issue Brief Why the federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin is costing taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue and pollution costs.

By Nidhi Thakar and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Job seekers wait in a line at a job fair in Southfield, Michigan.

July 2014

article icon Issue Brief Despite an improving labor market, Congress needs to do more to create opportunity for all American families.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Thursday, July 24, 2014

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