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November 9, 2016

Voters approved minimum wage increases in all four states — Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington — with Election Day ballot measures. 

More specifically:

Arizona, Colorado, and Maine will increase their minimum wages, which now range from $7.50 to $8.31 per hour, to $12 per hour by 2020.   Washington will raise its minimum wage, currently $9.47, to $13.50 by...
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September 16, 2016

Donald Trump’s economic team says his economic plan would raise annual economic growth to 3.5 percent (it’s averaged 2.1 percent since the economy emerged from recession in mid-2009).  Trump himself says...

4% Not a Realistic Target for Future Growth
September 6, 2016

As we’ve noted, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for workers who aren’t raising children in the home would boost labor force participation, reduce poverty, and ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared more broadly — especially if...

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July 8, 2016

We’ve updated our Great Recession chart book to reflect the June jobs data that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released today.  The new data show that private employers have added 14.8 million jobs to their payrolls in the 76 months since...

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May 18, 2016

The Administration’s new rule making millions of workers eligible for overtime pay is the President’s “most significant action on behalf of middle-class paychecks,” CBPP Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein...

May 10, 2016

“Fix Puerto Rico’s debt now, or taxpayers will bail Puerto Rico out later,” CBPP Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein warns Congress in a piece for the Washington Post.  Here’s the opening:

Dollar and Columns
April 20, 2016

Subsidized jobs need a substantial, dedicated federal funding stream to “better promote the development of programs to effectively help the sizeable share of the working-age population with serious or multiple barriers to employment,” a new...

April 15, 2016

A new report from Georgetown’s Center on Poverty and Inequality draws on 40 years of evidence from subsidized jobs programs to call for increased federal, state, and local investments in these strategies, describing them as “...

February 11, 2016

The President’s budget includes a very welcome suite of proposals to modernize assistance for workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.  The proposals recognize that today’s labor market is vastly different from the one for which...

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February 4, 2016

Those brave enough to predict think that tomorrow’s jobs report will show a net gain of 188,000 payroll jobs (compared with 292,000 in December) and an unchanged 5.0 percent unemployment rate.  Unless tomorrow’s numbers are substantially different from that, they shouldn’t change the prevailing narrative that labor market conditions continue to...

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