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Ladders to opportunity: Tara

“I honestly don’t know how I’ll make it, but I can see the long-term goal so it just keeps me working harder.” Tara is a preschool teacher who is also in school, working toward her Bachelor’s degree. The high cost

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity

Unequal wage growth is undermining economic mobility in Washington

Washington state has seen enormous growth in low-wage industries, such as food service and accommodations. Although leisure and hospitality sectors have followed business cycle trends, they have also been outpacing the growth of nonfarm jobs and at an increasing rate.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Seattle ranks high in upward economic mobility, but Washington state’s ranking lags

Research from The Equality of Opportunity Project found that Seattleites born in the bottom fifth of the income ladder have a 10.9% chance of reaching the top fifth of the ladder. That puts Seattle at number four in rankings for

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Equal Pay

Economic mobility is changing in an inequality society

In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to focus on the crisis of income inequality, fueled by stagnated wages, regressive tax codes and diminishing public resources for education, unemployment insurance and retirement. The President outlined the

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Minimum Wage

Chutes and Ladders: How economic mobility is changing in an inequality society

Chutes and Ladders: How economic mobility is changing in an inequality society

January 10, 2014

As the country continues to slowly climb its way out of the Great Recession, rising inequality and a shrinking middle class have become a growing threat to our national economy and shared quality of life. And while the American dream

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Chutes and Ladders: Economic Mobility in an Inequality Society

Today, EOI released a new report highlighting the crisis of economic inequality in Washington state, brought on by ever-higher barriers to upward economic mobility for middle-class and low-income workers – including stagnating wages, declining workplace benefits, underemployment and low retirement

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Welcome to Washington, home of the (more) downwardly mobile

The American Dream is built on the idea that people can move up (or down) the economic ladder within a lifetime or from one generation to the next. But does that really happen?

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Born poor means staying poor: Ominous income inequality trends for U.S.

Sightline’s Eric de Place pulls together recent research illustrating three very disturbing trends in U.S. income distribution: ossification – the rich are more likely to stay rich and the poor are more likely to stay poor; gentrification – older households

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy
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