Economy and Jobs
The issues of Economy and Jobs are important to our work in Congress.
Labor market will lose over half a million jobs if UI extensions expire in 2012
This Economic Policy Institute policy brief calculates how many jobs will be lost in 2012 if the current federally funded extended UI benefits are not extended through the end of next year. To read this brief, click HERE.
Worth Working For: Strategies For Turning Bad Jobs Into Quality Employment
In this Demos brief, Ben Peck and Amy Traub explore a variety of strategies government, communities, and far-sighted employers can pursue to raise job quality and ensure that hard-working Americans can get ahead. To read this brief, click HERE.
What Is Causing Record-High Teen Unemployment? : Range of Economic Factors Drives High Teen Unemployment, But Minimum Wage Not One of Them
This data brief from the National Employment Law Project discusses how the painfully high unemployment teens are experiencing is the result of the overall jobs crisis: teens are always the worst hit in recessions, and consistently face unemployment rates that are 250 percent to 350 percent those of adults. Over the last decade, teens have also faced increasing competition from workers over 55 looking for part-time jobs, while government funding that supports teen summer jobs has been cut significantly. To read this brief, click HERE.
Confronting and Closing the Wealth Gap
This policy initiative responds to the research conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in a two-part analysis, Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 1 and Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 2, that examined and compared a wide range of policy options in twenty target states, crafted to promote asset-building in low-income communities. To read this policy initiative, click HERE.
American Jobs Act: New Work and Learning Opportunities for Low-Income, Unemployed Adults and Youth
This CLASP analysis of the American Jobs Act examines provisions specifically aimed at those workers most affected by the recession as well as those struggling even before the economy turned sour. In particular, it looks at the $5 billion Pathways Back to Work Fund, which includes three elements that would create work and learning opportunities for thousands of disadvantaged individuals across the country. To read the analysis, click HERE.