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What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

furnace factoryNewly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

Family cooking bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

by Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-September 2014 Jobs Release

job fair bars icon Charts Economic indicators show that our economy isn’t cutting it for American workers.

by Jackie Odum and Michael Madowitz | Thursday, September 4, 2014

National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

Construction workers prep wire for installing. article icon Issue Brief Employer-written national guideline standards can strengthen America’s apprenticeship system.

by Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Win-Win for an All-In Nation

grandmother book_alt2 icon Report Improving economic and health outcomes for communities of color has the potential to help combat Social Security’s projected shortfall and improve the economic security of a struggling middle class.

by Christian E. Weller and Farah Z. Ahmad | Monday, August 25, 2014

Keep Calm and Muddle Through

broken piggy bank book_alt2 icon Report As the retirement crisis looms, retirement preparedness—not muddling through—should act as the guiding principle for policymakers.

by Christian E. Weller and David Madland | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Jobs Data Underscore Stable Recovery Although Wages Have Yet to Budge

auto plantDespite positive job numbers, the U.S. labor market still faces long-term quality and quantity problems.

by Adam Hersh | Friday, August 1, 2014

Offshoring Work Is Taking a Toll on the U.S. Economy

assembly line china bars icon Charts Reshoring tax incentives can ease the wage and employment pressures across the country.

by Adam Hersh and Ethan Gurwitz | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility Agenda

Job seekers attend a job fair.As Congress explores strategies for boosting economic security and mobility, subsidized jobs are an effective tool for employing those left behind by the labor market.

by Rachel West | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Working and Still Poor

minimum wage rally When you try living on $77 a week for food, transportation, and entertainment—the budget of a minimum-wage worker—spending on things that many take for granted requires tough choices and carries significant consequences.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Left Behind

empty chair book_alt2 icon Report Five years after the end of the Great Recession, Millennials still face high barriers to entering the U.S. middle class. For LGBT Millennials, these barriers to full participation in the U.S. economy can be exacerbated by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

by Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships Are Good for Business

President Barack Obama talks with electrical apprenticeship instructor Tim WisyanskiHere are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

by Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ben Schwartz | Monday, July 14, 2014

Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages

A worker hands a food order over to a customer as demonstrators march through a Burger King restaurant drive-thru book_alt2 icon Report This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite progress, more must be done to address economic security as a civil right for the young people of color who are driving America’s demographic change.

by Maryam Adamu | Thursday, July 10, 2014

America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

Overtime article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

by Brendan Duke | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

Mother and children book_alt2 icon Report Mothers’ economic contributions to their families are more important now than ever before, as the majority of families with children are headed by women who are either the primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner. Knowing who these women are provides a better understanding of our current workforce and highlights the need to update our nation’s labor standards.

by Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, June 20, 2014