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Getting Americans Back to Work: A Long Way Still to Go

by Edward Alden
CFR Renewing America Federal Worker Retraining Policy Scorecard The CFR Renewing America Federal Worker-Retraining Policy Scorecard

For the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, the United States is finally creating a lot of new jobs–252,000 jobs in December, and nearly 3 million over the whole of 2014. Unemployment has fallen to 5.6 percent, the lowest rate since June of 2008. Read more »

Renewing America Progress Report: Federal Debt and Deficits

by Edward Alden
CFR Renewing America Federal Debt Deficits Scorecard The CFR Renewing America Federal Debt and Deficits Scorecard

It’s not often that one hears the phrase “European steeliness.” But while the United States continues to punt its serious tax and spending problems ever farther down the field, Europe’s big economies have actually done something about fiscal challenges that were even bigger than those facing the United States. Read more »

The First Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard: The Road to Nowhere

by Edward Alden
Miniature cars move along an elevated freeway of a large-scale kinetic sculpture meant to symbolize a miniature city at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (David McNew/Courtesy Reuters). Miniature cars move along an elevated freeway of a large-scale kinetic sculpture meant to symbolize a miniature city at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (David McNew/Courtesy Reuters).

The Renewing America initiative is publishing today the first of what will be an ongoing series, the Renewing America Progress Report and accompanying Infographic Scorecard. The series is intended to highlight – in both a visually compelling fashion and in a more detailed narrative – the challenges the United States faces in rebuilding the foundations of its economic strength, and some of the initiatives that show the greatest promise. Read more »