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The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-June 2015 Jobs Release

Job seekers fills out applicationHere are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

by Jackie Odum, Danielle Corley, Michael Madowitz | Thursday, June 4, 2015

Understanding Amtrak and the Importance of Passenger Rail in the United States

Amtrak train article icon Issue Brief Amtrak is a valuable national asset that requires proper federal investment if it is to meet the country’s future transportation and economic development needs.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bringing Entrepreneurship Back to the Middle Class

Authors Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson discuss new data showing the steep decline in entrepreneurship in the United States and recommend solutions to bring it back.

| Friday, May 22, 2015

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-May 2015 Jobs Release

record store clerk bars icon Charts Last month’s employment report serves as a reminder that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Jackie Odum, Danielle Corley, Michael Madowitz | Thursday, May 7, 2015

4 Essential Questions About Air Traffic Control Privatization

Air traffic control article icon Issue Brief Given the magnitude of the changes that privatizing the operation of air traffic controls would bring about—in aviation governance; industry taxation; and potentially, safety—proponents must be able to show that benefits will clearly exceed costs.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and Taxpayers

Sen. MurrayIn addition to giving working families a long-overdue raise, the new bill will save taxpayers an estimated $5.3 billion per year on SNAP when fully implemented.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015

Job fair article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to build on successes of past progressive policies by implementing measures that raise wages and boost productivity growth.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Making Prepaid Cards Safer, More Transparent, and More Affordable

Prepaid cardsThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed prepaid card rule adds transparency and security to cards that increasingly resemble bank accounts, but further improvements could be made.

by Joe Valenti | Friday, April 17, 2015

Language Access Is a Consumer Protection Issue

El CentroThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Language Access Plan is a step toward empowering consumers with limited English proficiency to participate fully in the financial marketplace.

by Michela Zonta and Joe Valenti | Friday, April 17, 2015

Hours Flexibility and the Gender Gap in Pay

A woman reconciles a cash register drawer book_alt2 icon Report There is a large hourly wage penalty associated with working fewer hours per week, and although the effect is similar by gender, women are more greatly affected because they are more likely to work fewer than 40 hours per week.

by Claudia Goldin | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How the Gender Wage Gap Differs by Occupation

Cashiers and baggers stand idleA new CAP analysis shows the jobs with the largest and smallest gender wage gaps.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What Occupational Data Show About the Causes of the Gender Wage Gap

A teacher plays a game with her students.The types of jobs that men and women hold, as well as the industries they work in, have a large effect on the gender wage gap.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Infographic: Inaction on Immigration Is Too Costly

circle chartThe numbers show that the United States stands to see significant gains from deferred action programs—and that the gains from legislative reform that includes a pathway to citizenship would be even greater.

by Silva Mathema | Thursday, April 9, 2015

April’s Employment Report Stings with Disappointment

manufacturerThe labor market has been improving faster than other economic indicators, but that trend looks less strong after March’s employment report.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, April 6, 2015

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-April 2015 Jobs Release

Job Stocking Honey bars icon Charts Broader economic indicators show that today’s economy carries historically low growth in wages and considerable room for more employment growth.

by Danielle Corley, Jackie Odum, Michael Madowitz | Thursday, April 2, 2015