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25 Best Jobs for Millennials in This Economy

As the country recovers, alternative careers might be just right for many young people.

Where 500,000 Drivers Got Licenses without Proof of U.S. Residency

Between the beginning of the year and August 7, California issued 452,000 driver's licenses to applicants who did not have to prove that they were in the United States legally,...

We Have Marriage Equality. What Happens Now?

Gay-Friendly Areas Closer to Home

Why Uncle Sam Picks Up the Student-Loan Tab for Millions

A government program that allows student-loan borrowers to significantly reduce their monthly payments is growing in popularity—and increasingly eating into federal coffers.

Millennials Not Leaving The Nest Raises Alarms

Recovery or no, the housing news is grim for millennials. A new report from Goldman Sachs echoes the new findings from the Pew Research Center last month: The economic reco...

Young Latinos Have Quickest Rebound After Recession

A lower dropout rate also helped them reach a historic low in so-called "disconnected" numbers.

Gig Economy Right Fit for Some, Not All

Companies and workers win and lose as this emerging sector of the workforce redefines old practices.

Unintended Consequences of Repealing Birthright Citizenship

Reprinted with permission of the Migration Policy Institute.

How Serving Coffee and Rolling Burritos Might Reconnect 100,000 Young People

Starbucks leads big companies in engaging and employing so-called "disconnected youth."

Will $15 An Hour Lift Workers to The Middle Class?

Experts debate what is needed to get low-wage workers into the middle class.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.