Safety Net

Lifetime earnings gains from quality pre-k programs are almost as large for middle-income kids as low-income peers. But at $10,000 per year or more, many families cannot afford them. Expanded access is key. View the snapshot 

Gradually raising the overtime salary threshold to $984 per week would provide millions of workers with overtime protections, with little risk of reducing the flexibility of their work time. Read the report

Any involuntary job loss inflicts significant economic damage to workers. But there is no sign that longer periods of unemployment permanently damage the employability or productivity of workers suffering through them. Read the report

Unemployment insurance (UI) is a crucial component of the American social safety net, but since 2010, the share of unemployed workers receiving UI benefits has eroded to one of its lowest points in decades. View the snapshot


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