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The Next Economy

Big Questions

What Does 27 Weeks of Unemployment Do To A Person?

How Federal Workers Pinch Pennies When the Government Shuts Down

Government shutdowns may be all about politics, but they can have very real consequences for federal employees.

Why Don't More Americans Move Away From Home?

Fewer than half of Americans say they're likely to relocate, even if they think their town is headed in the wrong direction.

Obama's Approval Rating Rebounds Despite Divisions Over Economic Policies

Americans remain split almost evenly on the impact of the president's economy policies and overall job performance.

Some Americans Depend on Their Tax Refunds to Survive

The survey reveals that a majority of Americans plan to use their refunds to pay off debt or cover basic necessities. 

Americans Want a Raise

Despite tentative optimism about their future prospects, most Americans are frustrated with wage growth and the cost of living. 

What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.

What Can Americans Do to Improve Their Cities and Towns?

A new national poll shows that people are looking to local businesses, non-profits, and volunteers for bold solutions--not to federal government. 

How Do Americans Feel About Where They Live?

Surprisingly, most say their communities are heading in the right direction.

What Americorps Has Learned From Silicon Valley

In the new world of community service, simply reaching lots of people with volunteers is not good enough.

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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.