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Not Working: Solutions to America's Underemployment Crisis
Monday, May 1, 2017 / 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Whittier Room

Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, New York Times

Rev. Greg Boyle, Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Kris Stadelman, Director, NOVA Workforce Development; Executive Committee Member, California Workforce Association
Cyrus Vance, Jr., Manhattan District Attorney
Scott Walker, Governor, Wisconsin

A new social reality in the U.S.: Fewer men and women are participating in the workforce, and many have stopped looking for jobs altogether. The workforce participation rate -- those who have a job or are seeking one -- among males age 25 to 54 is lower than it was at the end of the Great Depression. And participation for women has also fallen in recent years. Questions to be considered:

  • How did we get to this point?
  • What role do higher incarceration rates play?
  • What are the implications for American society?
  • How can we bring these citizens back into the workforce and into our civil society?