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COVID-19—commonly known as the coronavirus—is rippling through the U.S. economy and impacting workers. To provide policymakers and the public with guidance on steps we can take to mitigate widespread economic shock, the Economic Policy Institute put together this toolkit with research-based analysis to cut through the noise. Read more

The most recent data on?initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims shows that UI claims jumped from 211,000 in the week ending March 7 to 6.6?million?in the week ending March 28. This is a more than 3,000% increase in three weeks. This kind of upending of the labor market in such a short time is unheard of. Read more

We have never seen such immediate and sweeping changes at so many workplaces in modern history. Union workers are demanding and winning health and safety protections in the workplace. Read more

Several U.S. states and territories?have postponed their 2020 primary elections in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Economist Jhacova Williams explains why we urgently need safe, alternative voting methods to safeguard democracy amid a pandemic, especially before November’s general election. Read more

March 31 marks Women’s Equal Pay Day. Women still make less than men, including in sectors especially affected by the coronavirus.?Read more

Fundamental health reform like “Medicare for All” would be a hugely ambitious policy undertaking with profound effects on the economy and the economic security of households in America. But despite oft-repeated claims of large-scale job losses, a national program that would guarantee health insurance for every American would not profoundly affect the total number of jobs in the U.S. economy. Read the report?? Watch the video

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Rising wage inequality and slow and uneven hourly wage growth for the vast majority of workers have been defining features of the U.S. labor market for the last four decades, despite steady productivity growth. Read the State of Working America Wages 2019

EPI’s new U.S. Tax & Spending Explorer is an interactive web feature designed to shed light on how the government raises and spends money—and how it affects household income up and down the income distribution. See where you fit in

Change is happening in workplaces all across America. Working people are joining together and organizing, mobilizing, and striking for fairness and justice—and they are winning.?Read about the Building Worker Power project

EPI’s Top Charts of 2019 highlight the economic policy priorities that must be addressed in 2020.?See the charts

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