Labor and Employment
Employment is a central component of economic security. But if the number of jobs increases at the same pace as in the first six months of 2012, we will not return to pre-recession unemployment levels until 2020. That is unacceptable. America needs a comprehensive economic plan that will put people back to work. Such a plan will have many parts that are beyond the scope of the Coalition on Human Needs, including trade and currency policy, the design of policies to encourage job creation in this country instead of offshore, and making credit available and affordable for small businesses. CHN recognizes that many different approaches should be tried, and supports oversight by the Obama Administration and Congressional committees to determine whether the options chosen are effective at creating new jobs, and whether they reach population groups most likely to be out of work and poor.
It will be impossible to achieve the job growth needed without a mix of private and public sector jobs. Budget-cutting in states and localities has resulted in a loss of 477,000 jobs from October 2009 to October 2012, of which 209,000 were in local education. While state and local governments added 26,000 jobs in the last year, the pace is too slow, and was swamped by a loss of 40,000 federal government jobs in the same period. This is a drag on our economy, not only because of the people who are out of work, but because the services they perform contribute to economic growth.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
For more information on Labor and Employment issues, visit the links below.
Urban Institute: A Profile of the Low-Wage Immigrant Workforce (10/27/03)
Unemployed Workers Information Website
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Finance Project Workforce Development Page
The State of Working America (EPI)
Urban Institute Research by Topic
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Economic Policy Institute
National Council of La Raza
National Employment Law Project
National Women’s Law Center
National Youth Employment Coalition
Service Employee International Union
Wider Opportunities for Women
The Workforce Alliance
Policy Analyses and Research
- March 5, 2014Center for American Progress: The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures