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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

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 Steinberg | 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