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12/9/15, WASHINGTON D.C. --
"The hollowing of the American middle class has proceeded steadily for more than four decades. Since 1971, each decade has ended with a smaller share of adults living in middle-class households than at the beginning of the decade, and no single decade stands outs as having triggered or hastened the decline in the middle....The share of American adults living in middle-income households has fallen from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015. The share living in the upper-income tier rose from 14% to 21% over the same period. Meanwhile, the share in the lower-income tier increased from 25% to 29%." (Source: Pew Research Center: Social & Demographic Trends)
April 2014, WASHINGTON D.C. --
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports grim private-sector job numbers since the 2008 Great Recession:
- Low-wage industries lost 2 million jobs during the GR (22% of total job losses) but have added 3.8 million jobs (44% of total job gains) since the recovery started.
- Mid-wage industries accounted for 37% of job losses during the GR (1 million jobs) but have added only 26% of the new positions since the recovery began.
- Higher-wage industries accounted for 41% of jobs lost during GR but only 30% of the new positions since the recovery started.
From Our Blog
Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- Open Door America is pleased to announce a preliminary agreement has been reached with the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland to provide case management and mentoring services in support of the county's work-release and reentry programs. During the next 60 days, the parties will pursue a final agreement to create multiple employment-onboarding initiatives throughout Central Maryland beginning as early as December 2018. This developing partnership is a prime example of the type of public-private cooperation that is desperately needed in the United States to assist ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives and employers in finding highly-motivated entry-level workers.