Category: Labor

More Low-Wage Jobs But Less Opportunity to Move Up

Almost half of the US workforce is considered “low-wage” and earning a median income of $18,000 per year. Who are these workers and how can we move them up into “good jobs” with higher pay and benefits?

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The Future of Work – Are Workers Opinions Being Considered?

Policy analysts, researchers, politicians, and academic leaders have spent a significant amount of time and energy trying to understand how automation, skills development, and technological changes will affect the future of work. Unfortunately, workers themselves are often absent from these conversations.

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We Need More Than Free College to Solve America’s Workforce Problems

Many political candidates, politicians, and researchers have proposed a “college-for-all” approach, but this article argues that more must be done to address the future of work.

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New Census Data Finds Millennials Moving to the Suburbs

Census data released last week finds that urban growth is slowing down, and the millennial population is increasingly leaving big cities for suburbs or smaller metros.

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Veterans are Great Workers, but Need Guidance to Find the Right Jobs

Veterans make excellent employees but connecting them to jobs can be difficult. Multiple factors are holding back this skilled workforce from reaching their full potential, leading many veterans underemployed.

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Three Newsworthy Economic Development Trends in 2019

By Marian Kansas, Consultant

As the manager of The Future Of, Avalanche’s curated content website featuring new economic development articles and commentary each week, I spend a lot of time finding and reading economic development-related articles from a wide variety of sources. I’ve seen trending topics shift since we started The Future Of about a year ago, from the economics of opening craft breweries as a revitalization method to the impact climate change will have on our local and national economies. 

Even though trending topics change as various economic, political, and cultural shifts take place, a few themes are consistently discussed among economists, researchers, and journalists regarding economic development. Here are the three trends I’ve seen surpass news cycles and receive continued research and media attention time and time again:

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