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How States Are Expanding Apprenticeship

article icon Issue Brief States have been leading the way in developing strategies to prepare more workers for employment through apprenticeship.

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The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-February 2016 Jobs Release

bars icon Charts Labor market indicators show a healthy economy that has room to grow.

New Hampshire shoppers

Women and Families’ Economic Security in New Hampshire

article icon Issue Brief Women have been central to New Hampshire’s economic growth, and more must be done to support women’s labor force participation.

grocery store clerk

What Do Unions Do for the Middle Class?

book_alt2 icon Report The decline of unions over the past 30 years has contributed to the falling share of middle-class workers.

Elderly couple

Making myRA a More Effective Savings Option

The myRA program simplifies savings and can be strengthened to boost participation and trust.

restaurant worker

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-January 2016 Jobs Release

bars icon Charts Labor market indicators show a healthy economy that has room to grow.

factory work

Helping Firms by Helping Employees?

book_alt2 icon Report This paper finds that adopting pro-employee work-life-balance practices—such as working from home, flexi-time, child care support, and job sharing—is associated with improved firm performance.

Gabriella Rinehart sits with her great-grandmother

Broader Paid Leave Would Provide Opportunity and Security for Millennial Caregivers

article icon Issue Brief Increasing access to paid family and medical leave is vital to the economic stability of Millennial workers.

Hiring manager and applicant

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

A nonshallow dive into the labor market indicators pool shows a healthy economy with plenty of room to grow.

Three generations of women

Administering Paid Family and Medical Leave

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers have a number of options for how to administer an efficient and affordable national paid leave program that uses the best-proven elements of existing programs in the states and abroad.

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Laying the Groundwork for More Efficient Retirement Savings Incentives

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers should pursue a number of steps at the federal and state levels to make existing savings incentives more effective and address the retirement crisis.

A woman works at an assembly line

Wisconsin, Unions, and the Middle Class

article icon Fact Sheet Wisconsin’s middle class is falling behind. Unions can help by raising wages and reducing the pay gap.

workers

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

Here are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

Nurse and student

Women and Families’ Economic Security in Iowa

article icon Issue Brief Women have been central to Iowa’s economic growth, and more must be done to support women’s labor force participation.

Worker posing for photo

The Inefficiencies of Existing Retirement Savings Incentives

article icon Issue Brief Middle-class Americans face a growing retirement crisis. Existing savings incentives have not been enough to address this problem because of a number of associated inefficiencies.

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