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State Of the Union: Obama Unveils Ambitious Jobs Agenda

State Of the Union: Obama Unveils Ambitious Jobs Agenda

It's not a surprise that jobs and the economy featured prominently in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. But still, Obama mentioned the word "jobs" 46 times in speech, more than he did for any of his prior presidential addresses, signifying what will be the focus of his second term.... Read More »

Study: Construction Projects Can Help Rebuild America's Shattered Middle Class

Study: Construction Projects Can Help Rebuild America's Shattered Middle Class

As the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests show, many in America's middle class are angry about the uneasy economic circumstances in which they find themselves. Most typical wage earners have endured decades of stagnant wages even as costs for food, health care, housing and college tuition have continued to... Read More »

Casino Workers Fear Falling From Middle Class

Casino Workers Fear Falling From Middle Class

By Wayne Parry ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Since coming to this country from the Dominican Republic, Marcos Vidal has scratched and clawed his way up to a lower-middle class existence, a status to which he is tenuously clinging. He has not had a raise in seven years at his housekeeping job at Resorts Casino... Read More »

Obama To Give Major Jobs Speech

Obama To Give Major Jobs Speech

By BEN FELLER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seeking a jolt for a wilting economy, President Barack Obama will give a major speech in early September to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. Read More »

How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker: The Hollowing Out of the Middle Class

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com Think of it as a parable for these grim economic times. On April 19th, McDonald's launched its first-ever national hiring day, signing up 62,000 new workers at stores throughout the country. For some context, that's more jobs created by one company in a single day than the... Read More »

Many Americans Still Struggling; See Education as the Answer

Many Americans Still Struggling; See Education as the Answer

Despite signs of recovery from the great recession, four in 10 Americans find themselves living lives of economic struggle, and worry about whether they'll be able to keep a middle-class lifestyle over the long term, according to a new Public Agenda survey funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Surprisingly... Read More »

How the Government Intends to Help the Middle Class

How the Government Intends to Help the Middle Class

You might want to listen to Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday if you, like the majority of the country, are a member of the middle class and having a hard time making ends meet. On Monday, President Obama announced that he will be introducing a number of plans and policies that will help "rebuild... Read More »

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