The Census Isn’t Releasing Local Poverty Data Today. Here’s Why That Matters.

Our social safety net relies heavily on statistics. Number of kids returning to school this year: 48.1 million, all receiving free meals. Number of people housed with the help of federal rental assistance: 10.4 million, 23 percent of whom are disabled. Number of workers who lost their unemployment benefits on Labor Day: more than 8 Read more…

Unemployment Benefits Aren’t Creating a Labor Shortage, They’re Building Worker Power

As businesses have begun opening back up, we have been subjected to increasing hand-wringing from business owners, particularly restaurants and similar service-based workplaces, who insist they are facing a labor shortage. The argument, according to some, is that unemployment benefits are too generous and are discouraging work, leaving employers unable to hire workers. Thankfully, these Read more…