How Lifelong Learning Can Help Grow and Keep Jobs in the United States

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Much ink has been spilled describing the rapid pace of change in the U.S. labor market and the resulting disaffection and frustration it has caused low-income and working-class populations across the country. Already, because of automation, the U.S. manufacturing sector now makes 85 percent more goods than it did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg: according to Oxford University, 47 percent of workers in America “are likely to be substituted by computer capital” in the years ahead.

The Rise of the 1099 Economy: Who Really Benefits from Contract Work?

One trend to watch closely as we explore the future of work is the changing nature of the employer/employee relationship—particularly the fact that, legally, fewer people in the workforce can even be called “employees.” Independent contractors—or “1099” workers, named by the IRS form they file to report their income—make up a growing proportion of workers compared to prior years, with freelance acco

Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life

Rethinking Readiness offers a provocative look at how high schools can help students develop far more than academic skills and content knowledge to become truly prepared for college, careers, and civic life. The edited volume contains chapters by some of the nation’s most well-respected education scholars, who explore the implications for schools, teachers, and district leaders of replacing the narrow learning goals of No Child Left Behind.

Delaware Pathways Leading the Way


JFF Senior Advisor and Pathways to Prosperity Co-Founder Bob Schwartz honors former Delaware Governor Markell for his leadership.

Automation is a Threat to Low-Income Workers, Unless the Education and Workforce Systems Can Change

This is the second post of the Future of Work blog series. 

Worth the Wait: Early College Comes to Massachusetts

I’ve been waiting 15 years for this moment. On January 24th, my home state, Massachusetts, submitted a proposal to the annual joint meeting of the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education to establish career-focused early college high schools. Early colleges are schools or programs within schools designed to enable students to take college-level courses in high school for free.

Jobs for the Future Names Two Senior Fellows to Support Education to Employment Mission

Social Finance and Jobs for the Future Launch First-Ever Pay for Success Competition in K-12 Education

Who Cares? What's Unfair about How We Treat Our Health Care Workforce

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When it comes to the frailest among us, it is most likely a woman who does the caring. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, in 2016 women accounted for 87 percent of the nursing assistant workforce, 87 percent of home health aides, and 83 percent of all personal aides. Women of color are disproportionately employed in all of these caring occupations, as are single mothers and immigrant women.

Building Pathways to Credentials, Careers, and Economic Mobility: Recommendations for the Trump Administration

JFF presents the Trump Administration with a blueprint for how federal policies can encourage state and regional efforts to provide all youth and adults, especially those who are struggling or who reside in distressed communities, with essential skills and credentials.