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Heartland’s Struggling Economy Shows That the U.S. Needs More Good Jobs
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Heartland’s Struggling Economy Shows That the U.S. Needs More Good Jobs

Author Andrew Schwartz explains that plenty of work is available in the Midwestern states, yet jobs that pay decent wages are scarce.

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  • Andrew Schwartz

One of President Donald Trump’s favorite hobbies in the White House is issuing statements hyping job creation, often following the monthly employment report. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is at seven-year lows, falling to 4.4 percent in June. However, Americans across the country haven’t seen the wage increases one would expect with an economic recovery.

Recent research from the Center for American Progress shows that not only has the extent of the recovery since the Great Recession varied enormously by region, but some places were already struggling well before 2007.

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Andrew Schwartz

Senior Policy Analyst