Overview

Social factors outside of work have profound effects on people’s ability to navigate and achieve upward mobility in the labor market. Family caregiving responsibilities, poor physical and mental health, a lack of reliable transportation, and food and housing insecurity can limit workers’ opportunities for mobility if supports such as child care, health care, coaching, transportation, and food and housing assistance aren’t in place.

Working Knowledge

Skills and training September 02, 2021

Building Evidence on Occupational Identity Could Lead to New Approaches for Improving Labor Market Outcomes for Young People

Understanding how young adults form and mediate occupational identity could inform strategies to improve labor market outcomes.

Maalik Nickerson

Stakeholder voices December 30, 2020

Supporting Workers and Families through a Pandemic: A Q&A with David Zammiello

Project QUEST's executive director reflects on his organization's pivot to providing intensive coaching, mentoring, and other wraparound services entirely online.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Skills and training December 30, 2020

Evidence from Sector-Focused Training Programs Shows Significant and Persistent Earnings Gains

A new NBER working paper finds sector-focused training programs enabled participants to increase longer-term earnings through jobs with higher hourly wages.

Archana Pyati

Wages and employer-provided benefits December 11, 2020

New Colorado Paid Family Leave Policy—and a Surging Pandemic—Creates Urgency for a Federal Paid Leave Program

Colorado joins eight states and Washington, DC as jurisdictions with paid family leave. Yet without a federal program, gaps in access to paid leave will persist.

Elisabeth Jacobs