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After an upswing at the beginning of this year, the labor market is back in the doldrums. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the U.S. economy created just 114,000 jobs in September, and although the unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent, the workforce remains shrunken. And even those gloomy numbers obscure the suffering of the long-term unemployed and the millions of workers who have dropped out of the labor force in the aftermath of the recession. Stay up-to-date on the state of the labor market with AEI’s economic experts, and find out their ideas for how to get America back to work.

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America always needs high-skilled immigrants. And we don’t need to tie them to an employer. Despite all the taxes and regulations, this is still a free enterprise system; let them make their own way.

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It’s disingenuous to close one eye and ignore America’s extraordinary employment growth relative to its peers, and claim that income inequality hurts the middle and working class.

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Despite undeniable improvements, let’s hope jobs are a priority for the new Congress.

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The economy is generating jobs but not raises for workers. The US needs more “empowering innovation” to create game-changing new products and services that will produce higher-paying jobs.

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A commitment to a multi-year federal infrastructure-spending program could increase demand, private investment, and employment.

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The economy is creating jobs at a steady pace. But take-home pay continues to barely outpace inflation.

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How can the unemployment rate be on the rise? Aparna Mathur says it’s statistics.

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The world economy is slowing, which will be bad for net exports in the US. The bottom line is that the US economy is cruising while the rest of the world is not, which tends to take a little from US growth.

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Eleven bipartisan ideas that might actually pass during the Obama Administration’s final two years.

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Clinton is embracing the new left-wing theory of economic growth called “middle-out” economics.

 

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