Still falling short on hours and pay: Part-time work becoming new normal

What this report finds: An ongoing structural shift toward more intensive use of part-time employment by many employers is driving the elevated rate of involuntary part-time work. Over six years into an economic recovery, the share of people working part time because they can only get part-time hours remains at recessionary levels. The number working […]

Severe Deprivation in America: An Introduction

A Life Crystal Mayberry was born prematurely on a spring day in 1990 shortly after her pregnant mother was stabbed eleven times in the back during a robbery.1 The attack induced labor. Both mother and daughter survived. It was not the first time Crystal’s mother had been stabbed. For as far back as she can […]

Liberals and conservatives will hate this study on how to help the poor

It has been more than four decades since the federal government dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to a massive experiment on poverty. Thousands of families in several cities participated, entering a program that guaranteed as much as $25,900 a year for a family of four. Economists are still debating the results of the federal Income Maintenance […]

Austerity at all levels of government has created a teacher shortfall

With the September employment data in hand, we can look at the number of teachers who are starting work or going back to school this year. The number of teachers and education staff fell dramatically during the Great Recession and has failed to get anywhere near its prerecession level, let alone the level that would […]