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

job interview bars icon Charts Despite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz and Danielle Corley | Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Numbers but Same Story: Economy Growing but Wages Flat

With U.S. GDP growth so dependent on consumer spending, there is reason for concern, despite positive numbers.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, February 2, 2015

January 2015

locked school building article icon Issue Brief Americans are still waiting for an economy that works for everyone, rather than a lucky few.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions

Highway book_alt2 icon Report Transportation funding restrictions prevent states and metropolitan regions from making objective decisions about the most appropriate investments. Increased programmatic flexibility will allow funding to flow to the most beneficial projects regardless of the source of money.

by Kevin DeGood and Andrew Schwartz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Reality of the Retirement Crisis

Social Security Administration article icon Issue Brief For millions of Americans, retirement—the so-called golden years—will be significantly tarnished by a lack of savings.

by Keith Miller, David Madland, Christian E. Weller | Monday, January 26, 2015

Strengthening the Military Lending Act to Protect Troops from Predatory Practices

Soldier fills out paperworkExpanding the Military Lending Act would better protect service members from becoming trapped in a cycle of debt and risking their security clearances.

by Joe Valenti and Lawrence J. Korb | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Why Wages Are Not Returning as Job Growth Increases

ConstructionThe U.S. economy has added 11.2 million private-sector jobs in the expansion since February 2010, but wages are still going nowhere.

by Adam Hersh | Monday, January 12, 2015

Valuing All Our Families

father and daughter book_alt2 icon Report Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children.

by Shawn Fremstad and Melissa Boteach | Monday, January 12, 2015

Small Steps Toward a Modernized Community Reinvestment Act

mobile bankingBank regulators’ efforts to update the Community Reinvestment Act reflect changes in the financial marketplace and are valuable first steps toward broader reforms.

by Joe Valenti and Julia Gordon | Monday, January 12, 2015

Expanding Consumer Protection in Auto Finance

auto title loan repossessionsBy expanding its supervision to include nonbank car loans and leases, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rule will protect millions of consumers.

by Joe Valenti | Monday, January 12, 2015

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

bicyclist in Seattle with container shipDespite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz and Danielle Corley | Thursday, January 8, 2015

December 2014

homeless man retail window article icon Issue Brief Economic data show that it is time for an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Inequality, Opportunity, and the Housing Market

Foreclosed houseJulia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress, recently testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. Her testimony provides recommendations for increasing access to safe and affordable credit.

by Julia Gordon | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Public Transportation and the Path Dependency of Highway Investments

A metro station article icon Issue Brief To fully realize the potential of Metro’s Silver Line, policymakers must break with past development practices, focus public resources, and use the regulatory power of the state to guide sustainable development.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 18, 2014

As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks

A mother eats dinner with her daughter bars icon Charts Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Thursday, December 18, 2014