Commentary | Wages, Incomes, and Wealth

Spotlight on the Jobs Crisis

Date: November 17, 2009

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The economy is growing again, but 16 million Americans cannot find jobs. Another 9 million people are working part time because they cannot find full-time work, and millions of others have given up looking and are no longer counted in the unemployment data. On November 17, EPI co-hosted Spotlight on the Jobs Crisis to discuss the devastating impact of high unemployment on workers and their communities and to unveil a joint statement urging President Obama and Congress to take more action to help create the millions of jobs the country needs. This event was held at EPI, in partnership with the AFL-CIO, Center for Community Change, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, NAACP, and National Council of La Raza.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO
Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Benjamin Todd Jealous, CEO of the NAACP
Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute
Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza


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