Labor and Employment
The unprecedented economic growth of the 1990s – coupled with various political developments – meant that record numbers of people entered the labor market. Despite this growth in labor participation however, millions of poor and low-wage working people did not escape poverty. In times of plenty, and especially now – with a slumping economy and growing federal budget deficits – increasing numbers of Americans hold jobs in the low-wage labor market. Federal policies must be designed to promote financial security and reduce poverty in America.
According to Beth Shulman in The Betrayal of Work , 40 million Americans work full-time but still fail to escape poverty. Despite claims of economic recovery, there continue to be concerns about the growth of wages for workers, quality and quantity of jobs being created, availability and affordability of employer-sponsored benefits, and other economic issues. Federal policy should be designed to support workers, help balance the demands of work and family, and keep families out of poverty.
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 14, 2013Economic Policy Institute: The 'Back to Work' Budget
- March 8, 2013Economic Policy Institute: February Caps Off Three Years of Job Growth, But Much More is Needed to Fill Employment Deficit