National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships
Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.
A Win-Win for an All-In Nation
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.
Keep Calm and Muddle Through
Report As the retirement crisis looms, retirement preparedness—not muddling through—should act as the guiding principle for policymakers.
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.
Offshoring Work Is Taking a Toll on the U.S. Economy
Charts Reshoring tax incentives can ease the wage and employment pressures across the country.
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.
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.
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.
The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business
Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.
Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages
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.
America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update
Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.
Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now
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.
Apprenticeship Expansion in England
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.
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.
Explaining the Gender Wage Gap
Issue Brief Critics complain that estimates of the gender wage gap are inaccurate oversimplifications. In reality, the statistic that women earn 77 cents to the male dollar reflects real structural barriers to equality deserving of attention.