Issue Brief For millions of Americans, retirement—the so-called golden years—will be significantly tarnished by a lack of savings.
Charts Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income.
Strong unions are necessary to maintain a robust middle class. If action is not taken to prevent their further erosion, the middle class’ share of America’s economic gains may continue to shrink.
Economic inequality has increased significantly in Florida in recent decades and threatens statewide economic growth.
Historical experience and academic studies show that raising the minimum wage does not harm the economy, even when unemployment is high.
Polling indicates that Americans are worried about their ability to retire and want policymakers to take action.
Colorado’s increasingly unequal economy is harming the state’s middle class and threatening to undermine the state’s long-term prospects for growth.
If Congress raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, millions of American women would be better able to support themselves and their families.
New Census Bureau data underscore how critical unions are in building strong middle classes across the country.
These three charts present today’s new Census figures in a historical context and illustrate how the middle class has struggled to make headway in an increasingly unequal economy.
The decline of labor unions is an often-overlooked factor in the decreasing share of national income going to the middle class.
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should immediately make public the methods that he and his actuaries are using to claim that the city’s pension funds are in dire condition.
If the Senate fails to act soon to approve the president’s five bipartisan National Labor Relations Board nominees, many workplace protections could functionally disappear in August.
Keith Miller is a Senior Research Associate with the Economic Policy team at American Progress. His research focuses on labor-force development and worker protections. Prior to taking his current position, Keith worked as an intern and contracted author at American Progress, with his work focusing primarily on infrastructure investment. Keith earned a master’s degree in […]
Report Leveraging additional private investment will help close our nation’s infrastructure-funding gap and enable the completion of hundreds of critical projects that will provide substantial economic returns for American taxpayers.