President Obama Speaks on the Middle Class
- July 30, 2013
President Obama on Tuesday proposed a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs" during a speech at an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee.
The president spoke on creating tax incentives for manufacturers, closing tax loopholes, and making the creation of middle-class jobs a priority.
Below are links to Pew's relevant research and news on these topics:
The Middle Class
- A chartbook of economic mobility across generations. Measuring the health and status of the American Dream presents a mixed picture. While a majority exceed their parents’ family income and wealth, the extent of their absolute mobility gains is not always enough to move them up the economic ladder.
- Video: Economic mobility and the American dream: This video animates the difference between two measurements of economic mobility.
- Video: Is the American Dream alive and well? Public perception of the American dream in the wake of the Great Recession.
- Downward mobility from the middle class: This report examines potential factors that cause some Americans who grow up in the middle class to fall down the economic ladder as adults.
- Infographic: How many jobs did your state create?: Oil-rich North Dakota boasted the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment, and Texas created the most jobs over the past year.
- Navigating the economic shock of unemployment.A report looks at how American families cope with unexpected financial setbacks and the tough choices they make between maintaining short-term economic security and investing in long-term economic mobility.
- How state tax incentives can aid economic development: This research highlights steps that states can take to create fiscally sound state tax incentives and to determine whether existing incentives are generating solid economic returns.
- States in recovery: A three-part series from Stateline focusing on manufacturing, housing, and revenues.
- Creating fiscally sound state tax incentives: Reliable cost estimates can help states promote job creation and economic growth while avoiding unexpected budget challenges.