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Kentucky’s Workforce Experiment

How the cities of Louisville and Lexington banded together to create a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers.

The Economic Plan That Could Help Rural America

What works for cities could also boost the economies of farming communities.

The Long-Term Unemployment Trap

The longer someone has gone without a job, the harder it is for them to land one. These programs have figured a way back into work.

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.

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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.