State of Working America 2004-05

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“If you want to know what happened to the economic well-being of the average American in the past decade or so, this is the book for you. It should be required reading for Americans of all political persuasions.”
—Richard Freeman, Harvard University

“A truly comprehensive and useful book that… should be cheered by all Americans who earn their living from work.”
—William Wolman, chief economist, Business Week, CNBC

“The State of Working America is a focused, richly detailed examination of what the numbers tell us about the American workplace today… This well-written, soundly argued, and important reference book belongs in all libraries.”
—Ellen D. Gilbert, Library Journal, February 1, 2005

“Overall, the authors join the chorus that sings the praises of the 1990s boom while lamenting the current weak recovery, and they provide ample statistical evidence to support their assertions and give journalists, professors and lobbyists plenty of ammunition.”
—Publishers Weekly, December 22, 2004

By Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, and Sylvia Allegretto
Paper: ISBN 0-801489-62-8 $24.95
Cloth: ISBN 0-801443-39-3 $59.95
From Cornell University Press, January 2005.

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Press kit

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Fact Sheets
IncomeAdobe Acrobat (PDF) *
WagesAdobe Acrobat (PDF)
JobsAdobe Acrobat (PDF)
WealthAdobe Acrobat (PDF)
PovertyAdobe Acrobat (PDF) *
CEO PayAdobe Acrobat (PDF)
MinoritiesAdobe Acrobat (PDF) *
WomenAdobe Acrobat (PDF) *
InequalityAdobe Acrobat (PDF)
Work HoursAdobe Acrobat (PDF)
U.S. and the World (International Comparisons)Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
*revised with data from final Cornell edition

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