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Putting the Unemployed Back to Work

How a Chicago nonprofit is upending the typical model of job placement by focusing first on what businesses need.

From Unemployed to Small-Business Owner

How a New York state program helps out-of-work people start businesses while still collecting unemployment insurance.

Grassroots Support Groups for the Unemployed

How a New Jersey man created an extensive network of local meet-ups for out-of-work people to help one another.

2.6 Million Americans Are Unemployed. Do They Need a Self-Esteem Boost?

MIT researchers believe the long-term unemployed need to treat the emotional bruises that can come from looking for jobs.

This is How You Remove the Roadblocks to Homeownership

Americans often need to first take small steps to improve their chances of landing a mortgage.

When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

Mortgages for Freelancers

A California start-up wants to become the go-to lender for the self-employed and others whose incomes aren't tied to traditional jobs.

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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.