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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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When we started respecting and rewarding innovators — and the creative destruction they unleash — everything changed.

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A much-needed (possible) corrective to a key economic stat underlying the multi-decade, middle-class stagnation thesis.

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Analysis of Luxembourg Income Study data by Lane Kenworthy, University of California, San Diego. By The New York Times

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“Over the course of the last two recessions and recoveries, the economy’s job growth has come entirely from nonroutine work.”

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The argument against low-wage employers reflects deeper misunderstandings about the nature of society and the roles different members play.

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Private equity is a force for good Mitt Romney

Researchers looking at the employment effects of private-equity buyouts in Sweden find private equity firms are accelerating the job polarization process. And that’s OK.

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Social enterprises may be a better alternative to government-sponsored programs for hard-to-employ people.

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Democrats, unions and left-wing activists frequently argue that government (actually taxpayers) subsidizes Wal-Mart and other companies that employ low-wage workers since many of those workers receive government welfare benefits such as food stamps. AEI’s Michael Strain yesterday at the Peterson Institute for International Economics addressed the “government subsidizes Wal-Mart” issue.

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Research suggests it can be good business for some employers to voluntarily pay their workers more.

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Today’s jobs report was underwhelming: Payroll gains fell far short of expectations and millions of workers remain underemployed or too discouraged to look for a job.

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