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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

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

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

constructionThe 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

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

assembly line china 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

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

Job seekers attend a job fair.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

Working and Still Poor

minimum wage rally 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

Federal Coal Leasing in the Powder River Basin

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

July 2014

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

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 New Budget Outlook Shows that Austerity Makes No Sense

Navigator Mary Bennett, left, helps Min Lians, who is seeking help buying health insurance bars icon Charts Unnecessary short-term spending cuts to solve a nonexistent debt crisis have caused measurable economic damage.

By Harry Stein and Adam Hersh | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Unbundling ‘Too Big to Fail’

wall street bull book_alt2 icon Report To make progress in debates on financial reform, we need to understand the varied concerns underlying too big to fail and tailor solutions to the problems.

By Ganesh Sitaraman | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What to Watch at the BRICS Summit in Brazil

Leaders of the BRICS countries meet in RussiaThe meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa this week highlights the potentially positive role the group could play in revitalizing the global system of partnerships and alliances to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

By Molly Elgin-Cossart | Monday, July 14, 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

Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

electric car book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

By Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

Encouraging Responsible Credit for Financially Vulnerable Consumers

Cash Advance book_alt2 icon Report Through stronger laws and enforcement, as well as the encouragement of better alternatives, policymakers can reduce debt traps in short-term lending.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, July 10, 2014