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Job Growth Heats Up, but Full Employment Far Away

Job fairThe new Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data provide some welcome news that the labor market is moving in the right direction. Even so, with nearly 12 million people still out of work, the job of pushing the economy back to full employment remains an urgent and pressing issue.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, July 5, 2013

Urging Family Policies to Focus on Fathers of Color

Father and sonWith Father’s Day right around the corner, policymakers should focus on implementing ideas that can help fathers of color and low-income fathers improve their and their families’ lives.

By Zach Murray | Friday, June 14, 2013

America’s 10 Million Unemployed Youth Spell Danger for Future Economic Growth

Career fair article icon Issue Brief Lawmakers must acknowledge the magnitude of America’s youth-unemployment crisis or face long-term economic fallout.

By Sarah Ayres | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Working Toward Shared Prosperity Through Just Jobs: 6 Points of Action

New DelhiA recent conference organized by the Just Jobs Network in New Delhi focused on one of the most pressing challenges of our time: how to create good jobs to drive employment-based, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth.

By Sabina Dewan | Monday, June 3, 2013

Just Jobs Index 2013

Jobs Justice rally book_alt2 icon Report The Just Jobs Index assesses the nature and extent of fair jobs at a country level and creates a vivid picture of work opportunities, income and employment security, and equality of treatment and working conditions.

By Tewodros Aragie Kebede, Huafeng Zhang, and Jon Pedersen | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress Action Fund produced a video series documenting what is at stake in three real stories of how unions make the middle class.

By Andrew Satter, Lauren Santa Cruz, and Karla Walter | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education

President Obama Ohio StateThe rise in U.S. income inequality and the decline of the American middle class have skewed public policy toward the wishes of the rich and contributed to underinvestment in higher education.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, May 20, 2013

The Importance of Preschool and Child Care for Working Mothers

article icon Issue Brief Early childhood education cultivates a future workforce, secures long-term economic competitiveness, and develops our nation’s future leaders. Universal high-quality pre-K and child care will also help families across America that are struggling with costly child care bills, missing work to provide care, or sending their children to low-quality care centers.

By Sarah Jane Glynn, Jane Farrell, and Nancy Wu | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lessons Learned

Mother and child book_alt2 icon Report American society has consistently failed to adapt to the heightened demands placed upon its families and, in particular, on women.

By Judith Warner | Friday, April 26, 2013

Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a Penny

President Barack ObamaThere are a number of things that policymakers can do to strengthen the middle class that won't require any additional expenditures.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Interactive: The Game of Wages

cursor icon Interactive This interactive infographic shows how the gender wage gap manifests itself for two hardworking Americans.

By Jane Farrell | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How Pay Inequity Hurts Women of Color

African American female teacher article icon Issue Brief With women being the breadwinners in a growing number of families, pay equity isn’t only a basic right, it is an economic necessity—particularly for women of color.

By Sophia Kerby | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What Causes the Gender Wage Gap?

Paycheck Fairness ActOn this year’s Equal Pay Day, it is important to understand why the gender wage gap exists.

By Jane Farrell and Sarah Jane Glynn | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Growing Occupations Could Help Decrease the Wage Gap if They Were to Pay a Living Wage

Though women have the majority of jobs in many of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy, these industries are also the lowest paying, meaning women will continue to experience wage gaps in coming years unless we address this issue.

By Jane Farrell and Lindsay Rosenthal | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Unequal Pay Day for Immigrant Women

bars icon Charts Numbers show that immigrant women are disproportionally impacted by unequal pay.

By Ann Garcia and Patrick Oakford | Tuesday, April 9, 2013