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Economy needs to create 4.4 million more jobs

The authors write that policies aimed at improving America’s employment outcomes should acknowledge the challenges of the broader working class.

Authors

  • Kate Bahn
  • Rachel West
  • Michael Madowitz

As a presidential candidate, one of Donald Trump’s dominant messages was his promise to create jobs for Americans left behind by the modern economy.

For many, Trump’s rhetoric conjured up images of predominately white male factory workers edged out by global competition and technological innovation. But while that particular group of workers has seen a significant decline in status — both in terms of employment as well as earnings — this group is certainly not alone among the working class.

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Authors

Kate Bahn

Economist

Rachel West

Director of Poverty Research

Michael Madowitz

Economist