Job Quality

The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply-unemployment remains high, earnings are...
09/14/2011
Publication
A Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech President Obama’s plan to address America’s job crisis contains many positive elements. If fully enacted, White House proposals would modestly stimulate economic growth, lead to new hiring, reduce hardship among the millions of Americans who are now...
09/09/2011
Publication
Pressures also come directly from employers. Over the past several decades, firms have developed a tool kit of strategies aimed at lowering compensation and benefits. Outsourcing is just one tactic. Another is keeping employees at less than full-time status to avoid paying benefits. Aggressive...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
Unfortunately, unionization rates have been in decline for decades and the share of national income going to the middle class has fallen too. Meanwhile, the proportion of pay held by the highest-income Americans has shot up dramatically: in 2007, the top ten percent of households earned 49.7...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
Why are there so many bad jobs? The key explanation is that working Americans have not shared in benefits of economic growth. In 2000 the median wage of adult workers was (in 2010 dollars) $17.41 and by 2010 it had barely grown to $17.60. During this same period the annual increase of productivity...
09/09/2011
Data Byte
Washington, DC-Just after President Obama's speech to a joint session of the US Congress on his new plan to stimulate job growth entitled "The American Jobs Act," the national policy center Demos published a point-by-point analysis of the plan. Based on the deep economic troubles facing this...
09/08/2011
Press Release
In their new book, "Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone," Paul Osterman and Beth Shulman argue that the United States needs to worry about not just creating millions more jobs but also ensuring that the jobs are good ones. By good jobs, the authors mean jobs that pay enough...
09/08/2011
News/Resource
Today, on the morning of President Obama's jobs speech, the national policy center Demos published a new study detailing how the job losses of the Great Recession are intensifying the threat to America's middle class, which was already struggling after decades of economic stagnation, slow wage...
09/07/2011
Press Release
On Thursday, President Obama will deliver a major speech on America's employment crisis. But too often, what is lost in the call for job creation is a clear idea of what jobs we want to create. I recently led a research team to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry, a contender for...
09/06/2011
News/Resource
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