Center for American Progress. November 19, 2013.
Millions of young Americans are struggling to find work, and even those who have a job have no guarantee of economic security. To the contrary, Millennials are disproportionately stuck in low-quality jobs that lack sufficient pay and adequate workplace protections. With a 14 percent unemployment rate among Americans under age 25, job creation is necessary to generate economic opportunities for Millennials. But an economy that works for young Americans also requires high-quality jobs that ensure a middle-class standard of living. [Note: contains copyrighted material]
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Jobs4Millennials.pdf [PDF format, 10 pages]
Migration Policy Institute. July 2013.
There is a well-documented immigrant paradox in education, with children from immigrant families faring better academically and behaviorally than their families’ socioeconomic circumstances suggest that they will. The evidence, however, is largely drawn from high school students. And data on the performance of children entering elementary school are more mixed, raising concerns about the future trajectories of young children of immigrants, especially during the crucial transition between prekindergarten and elementary school. This report examines three types of educational and health policy interventions that may reduce disparities between the children of U.S.-born parents and their immigrant counterparts. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/COI-EarlyAcademicSuccess.pdf [PDF format, 24 pages].
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. June 21, 2013.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 established the hourly minimum wage rate at 25 cents for covered workers. Since then, it has been raised 22 separate times, in part to keep up with rising prices. Most recently, in July 2009, it was increased to $7.25 an hour. Because there have been some extended periods between these adjustments while inflation generally has increased, the real value (purchasing power) of the minimum wage has decreased substantially over time.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42973.pdf [PDF format, 4 pages].
Congressional Budget Office. February 3, 2013.
Economic growth will remain slow this year, CBO anticipates, as gradual improvement in many of the forces that drive the economy is offset by the effects of budgetary changes that are scheduled to occur under current law. After this year, economic growth will speed up, CBO projects, causing the unemployment rate to decline and inflation and interest rates to eventually rise from their current low levels. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate is expected to remain above 7½ percent through next year; if that happens, 2014 will be the sixth consecutive year with unemployment exceeding 7½ percent of the labor force–the longest such period in the past 70 years.