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The Next Economy

America 360

Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

Where Have All the Construction Workers Gone?

Nevada now employs 60 percent fewer construction workers than it did during the housing boom. Some found new careers. Others left the country.

A Better Way to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

One successful program pays for an intensive training class, subsidizes wages for the jobless, and has an 80 percent placement rate. Can it be scaled?

Suburbs and the New American Poverty

More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor.

A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Two-generation programs focus on improving education for children and job opportunities for parents at the same time.

What's Wrong With Georgia?

In making the state good for business, Georgia has become very bad for workers. 

When Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

Vermont has some of the most progressive wage-and-hour laws in the country, but low-income workers are still struggling.

Converting a Union Skeptic

Audra Rondeau wasn't a fan of labor groups—then home-care workers in her state organized, and she gave them a second chance.

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About The Next Economy

The Great Recession upended expectations about economic security in the United States, and it changed the way we work and live. The Next Economy project asks: How are Americans adapting to the new economy? This joint initiative from the Atlantic and National Journal will use polls, an annual special issue, national and local events with thought leaders and this site to answer that question.