Administration Scraps Local-Hiring Plan for Public Works

August 24, 2017

The Trump administration is abandoning another Obama-era regulatory initiative, killing a plan to allow cities to set aside work for local residents on federally funded public works projects. The provision, proposed in 2015, never took effect. […]

GOP Flips Obama-Era Regulations; Deadline Is Now Past

May 16, 2017

Republicans reversed Obama rules that enhanced protections for waterways near coal mines, required contractors to disclose violation of 14 federal labor laws for the previous three years when bidding on contracts and imposed tight restrictions on […]

Obama’s Final Jobs Report: Big Pay Gain, Slower Hiring

January 8, 2017

The figures reflect the job market’s vast improvement from the deep layoffs and surging unemployment rate that prevailed when Obama took office in January 2009. Last month, the jobless rate was just 4.7 percent, up from a nine-year low of […]

How Barack Obama Changed the Rules of the Workplace

January 8, 2017

In early 2014, as his domestic agenda languished with a Republican Congress, President Barack Obama undertook what White House staffers called the “pen-and-phone” strategy. Unable to overcome GOP opposition on Capitol Hill, the […]

EPI: The Obama Legacy: Creating More, Better Jobs

December 26, 2016

Despite the president-elect’s claim that there are “no jobs,” the labor market has improved at a remarkably steady rate as the country worked its way out of the deep recession. During the past six years, there has been job growth each and every month, and a 5 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate. […]

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