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

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

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National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

article icon Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.

By Sarah Ayres | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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A Win-Win for an All-In Nation

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

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Keep Calm and Muddle Through

book_alt2 icon Report As the retirement crisis looms, retirement preparedness—not muddling through—should act as the guiding principle for policymakers.

By Christian E. Weller and David Madland | 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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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

Job seekers attend a job fair.

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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Left Behind

book_alt2 icon Report Five years after the end of the Great Recession, Millennials still face high barriers to entering the U.S. middle class. For LGBT Millennials, these barriers to full participation in the U.S. economy can be exacerbated by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

By Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with electrical apprenticeship instructor Tim Wisyanski

The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business

Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

By Sarah Ayres and Ben Schwartz | Monday, July 14, 2014

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Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages

book_alt2 icon Report This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite progress, more must be done to address economic security as a civil right for the young people of color who are driving America’s demographic change.

By Maryam Adamu | Thursday, July 10, 2014

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America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

By Brendan Duke | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

book_alt2 icon Report Mothers’ economic contributions to their families are more important now than ever before, as the majority of families with children are headed by women who are either the primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner. Knowing who these women are provides a better understanding of our current workforce and highlights the need to update our nation’s labor standards.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, June 20, 2014

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Apprenticeship Expansion in England

article icon Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Friday, June 6, 2014

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What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion

Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.

By Sarah Ayres and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 22, 2014

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