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Ruy Teixeira

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Ruy Teixeira is a fellow at both The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress.


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  • All things considered, 2012 was a decent year for employment growth. Despite a global economic slowdown and weak demand at home, the unemployment rate dropped 0.7 points to 7.8 percent in December, following thirty-four consecutive months of steady, albeit slow, private sector job creation. The long-term unemployment rate fell, too: Last month, the percentage of people out of work more than six months fell below 40 percent of all job-seekers for the first time in more than three years. Yet even as the quantity of jobs has increased, their quality has declined. Many of the newly reemployed have had no choice but to accept part-time jobs with lower wages and fewer benefits.
    Jan 11, 2013
  • Encouraging Policy Directions Despite recent reports of declining levels of racial segregation, many of our urban areas remain deeply racially divided.
    Dec 28, 2012
  • The alternative 2011 poverty rate, released yesterday by the Census Bureau, offers a revealing look at how we define poverty and why the official measure may understate the severity of the problem.
    Nov 15, 2012
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses TCF's The Truly Disadvantaged event which marked the 25th anniversary of William Julius Wilson's book and how the research changed urban sociology.
    Nov 5, 2012
  • The national unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest level since Barack Obama took office nearly four years ago. But local data reveals many counties have yet to benefit from the economic recovery; especially those hit hardest by the housing market crash.
    Oct 24, 2012
  • For all that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked about the economy during Tuesday's presidential debate, it is remarkable that neither candidate offered anything like a real solution to the high unemployment and depressed wages that continue to plague America's shrinking middle class.
    Oct 18, 2012
  • According to TCF Fellow Suzanne Mettler, nearly all Americans—about 96 percent—have at one time or another benefited from the federal government. But polling shows that fewer people are aware of these government policies, especially those that are "submerged" and hidden in the tax code.
    Sep 26, 2012
  • The latest data from the Census Bureau shows the poverty rate was 15 percent in 2011, essentially unchanged from the year before. But the official number doesn't include millions of people helped by government programs like Social Security, unemployment benefits, food stamps and the EITC.
    Sep 17, 2012
  • New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau yesterday show that income inequality grew to the widest in more than forty years in 2011, leaving nearly one in six Americans in poverty.
    Sep 13, 2012
  • A symposium hosted by The Century Foundation.
    Aug 31, 2012
  • The Obama administration’s July 12 federal memorandum does nothing to alter or weaken the central pillars of the 1996 law, including a five-year lifetime limit on federally funded cash aid for most recipients, the removal of such assistance as a legal entitlement for low-income families, and a variety of other restrictions on individual recipients.
    Aug 8, 2012
  • Overall, the United States has achieved levels of inequality not seen for generations and now ranks near the top among industrial nations in inequality.
    Jul 6, 2012
  • In recent weeks, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has suggested severe cuts to safety net programs such as food stamps and housing assistance, in the spirit...
    Apr 11, 2012
  • Paul Ryan has suggested that we need to tighten the safety net with welfare reform, round II, adding:
    Apr 10, 2012
  • Few Americans are prepared for retirement, according to a  national survey that finds nearly half of all workers with less than $10,000 in...
    Mar 14, 2012
  • TCF fellow Amy Dean interviews anti-eviction organizer Steve Meacham of City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston at Truthout.org
    Feb 3, 2012
  • Last week, I commented on a terrific graph published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that refuted presidential candidate Mitt...
    Jan 24, 2012
  • The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released an important rebuttal to Mitt Romney's erroneous claim that the majority of federal funding...
    Jan 17, 2012
  • In The News: Polls Apart
    Americans are waking up to economic disparity, writes Charles R. Morris in Commonweal Magazine.
    Nov 9, 2011
  • In this interview that TCF Emeritus Trustee William Julius Wilson did with Harvard University last year to discuss his latest book, More Than...
    Nov 4, 2011
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