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Broader, Bolder Approach to Education Relaunch: Join us as educators, policymakers, and scholars call for an education agenda focused on mitigating the impacts of poverty on students and schools
February 23, 2016 | EventsIn 2008, the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) and its signatories called for a policy agenda that acknowledged poverty as the major root cause of disparities in education and advanced strategies to mitigate its impacts.
Despite seemingly stable U.S. trade balance, rapidly growing trade deficits in non-oil goods could lead to American job losses
February 5, 2016 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogThe U.S. Census Bureau reported that the annual U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased from $508.3 billion to $531.5 billion from 2014 to 2015, an increase of $23.2 billion (4.6 percent).
February 5, 2016 | By Josh Bivens | BlogNominal wages for American workers rose by 2.6 percent in the 12 months ending in December 2015. Over the same time, prices have risen just under 0.7 percent (held down mostly by falling oil prices).
February 5, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Jobs PictureAlthough payroll employment came in much lower than expected and lower than the strong finish to last year, today’s jobs report is a sign that the economy continues to recover.
February 4, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogWe’ve seen solid growth in employment over the past couple of years, and the unemployment rate has come down dramatically, but by any reasonable definition we are still not that close to genuine full employment.
February 3, 2016 | By David Cooper | Briefing PaperIntroduction and key findings Millions of Americans rely upon public assistance programs to help meet their basic needs. These programs provide a vital lifeline for individuals and families struggling to get by.
January 29, 2016 | By Daniel Costa | BlogA recent story from NPR’s Dan Charles titled “Guest Workers, Legal Yet Not Quite Free, Pick Florida’s Oranges,” provides a crucial glimpse into what it’s like being a guestworker in the United States.
January 28, 2016 | Working PaperSocial Security is the nation’s most successful anti-poverty program and it remains a fundamental pillar of the American economy—one that is critical to the long-term economic security of today’s young people.
January 28, 2016 | By Daniel Costa | BlogThe Supreme Court deserves praise for agreeing to review United States v. Texas, a case that will determine the fate of the most significant of the executive immigration actions announced by the president on November 20, 2014.
States heavily reliant on the energy sector had a tough year, but most other states finished 2015 heading in the right direction
January 28, 2016 | By David Cooper | State Jobs PictureTuesday’s release of December state employment and unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics capped a year of steady progress for most state labor markets.
January 28, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogPresident Obama has announced a package of reforms to repair some of the damage done in recent years to the unemployment insurance system and to provide more help to workers at risk of losing jobs—incentives for employers to retain workers, more income support for job losers, and more help getting retrained and back to work.
January 28, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic SnapshotEmployers are increasingly forcing employees to give up their right to sue in court and to accept private arbitration as their only remedy for violations of statutory and common law rights.
January 26, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogThis Friday is the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a reminder that a significant pay gap still exists between men and women in the United States.
14 states raised their minimum wage at the beginning of 2016, lifting the wages of more than 4.6 million working people
January 21, 2016 | By Will Kimball | BlogAt the beginning of the year, 14 states raised their minimum wages, lifting wages for over 4.6 million workers in states across the country.
January 21, 2016 | By Leila Morsy | BlogBy now, the story of what’s happening in Flint is well known. The city has been struggling since the decline of its automobile industry.
January 20, 2016 | By Valerie Wilson | Economic SnapshotAfrican-American workers continued to make notable employment gains in 2015, even as employment growth for whites and Hispanics slowed. The share of African-American adults with a job (i.e., the black employment-to-population ratio, or EPOP) has increased 2.5 percentage points since 2013—more than whites (0.5 percentage points) and Hispanics (1.6 percentage points).
January 19, 2016 | By Daniel Costa | Briefing PaperSummary The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC)—a lobbying group representing the interests of employers—claims that it is “concerned with the shortage of both semi-skilled and unskilled (‘essential worker’) labor” and thus “supports policies that facilitate the employment of essential workers by U.S.
January 14, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogHaving closely followed all of President Obama’s speeches on income inequality, I’ve noticed a significant move forward, from an abstract discussion to one that focused on the key underlying issue—the need to generate robust, widespread wage growth.
Public-sector workers are paid less than their private-sector counterparts—and the penalty is larger in right-to-work states
January 14, 2016 | By Jeffrey H. Keefe | Economic SnapshotState and local government employees already earn less than similar private-sector workers. The wage and compensation gaps between public- and private-sector workers are significantly higher in right-to-work states, which allow “free-riders” to enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining without paying their fair share of fees to support the union’s ability to negotiate on their behalf.
January 13, 2016 | By Robert E. Scott | ReportSummary Currency manipulation distorts trade flows by artificially lowering the cost of U.S. imports and raising the cost of U.S. exports, and is the leading cause of stubbornly high U.S.
January 12, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could profoundly affect the economy and the ability of millions of workers to improve their wages and working conditions.
January 12, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogThe labor market ended the year on a positive note, adding an additional 292,000 jobs in December. Of course, all economic woes are not solved.
National Association of Manufacturers’ criticisms of the Obama overtime proposal all miss their mark
January 11, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogLast September, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) filed comments in opposition to the Labor Department’s proposed rule on overtime pay for salaried workers, which would raise the salary threshold under which all workers are eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440.
An honest discussion of how to reduce poverty: strengthen the safety net and raise wages across the board
January 8, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogI’m afraid Speaker Paul Ryan’s poverty forum will fall short of coming up with solutions that will truly help lift the poor out of poverty.
The labor market is still moving in the right direction, but has a ways to go before reaching full employment
January 8, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogThe top line numbers from this morning’s jobs report suggest that the economy is moving in the right direction, but we need to see a whole lot more movement before we reach full employment.
January 8, 2016 | By Valerie Wilson | BlogThe 2015 job market ended on a high note after trailing the pace of monthly job growth in 2014 for much of the year.
January 8, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Jobs PictureWith today’s jobs report closing out 2015 we can now look at last year in the context of the recovery as a whole.
January 7, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogWith the last jobs report for 2015 coming out tomorrow, let’s step back and put it in the context of the entire year—and of the recovery as a whole.