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September 2014

A mother sets the dinner table. article icon Issue Brief New economic data shows that post-recession gains continue to go to the wealthiest while the middle class continues to be squeezed.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Actions that Could Shrink the Gender Wage Gap

A waitress carries food article icon Fact Sheet The gender wage gap has not seen real movement since 2007, but seven actions could help change that.

By Sarah Jane Glynn, Milia Fisher, and Emily Baxter | Thursday, September 18, 2014

5 Policies for Improving Data Use to Accelerate Veteran Employment

People attend a job fair. book_alt2 icon Report How improved use of open data can enable the labor market to better match the skills of veterans returning from service with the needs of employers across the country.

By Aneesh Chopra and Ethan Gurwitz | Thursday, September 18, 2014

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

furnace factoryNewly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.

By Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

Family cooking bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

By Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students

Student studying article icon Issue Brief Several colleges and universities have greater success than others graduating students of color and low-income students, as well as closing gaps across demographics, which offers a promising model for other higher-education institutions.

By Antoinette Flores | Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The United States Needs More and Better Jobs

UnemploymentNearly 40 percent of new jobs concentrated in low-wage industries.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, September 5, 2014

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

job fair bars icon Charts Economic indicators show that our economy isn’t cutting it for American workers.

By Jackie Odum and Michael Madowitz | Thursday, September 4, 2014

Administrative Action on Immigration Reform

kitchen book_alt2 icon Report A deferred action program that includes temporary work permits would lead to significant increases in payroll tax revenues.

By Patrick Oakford | Thursday, September 4, 2014

National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

Construction workers prep wire for installing. article icon Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 2014

job fair 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

A Win-Win for an All-In Nation

grandmother book_alt2 icon Report Improving economic and health outcomes for communities of color has the potential to help combat Social Security’s projected shortfall and improve the economic security of a struggling middle class.

By Christian E. Weller and Farah Ahmad | Monday, August 25, 2014

How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out

Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurantModernizing 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

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

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

By Adam Hersh | Friday, August 1, 2014

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

Job search 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