Job Creation and Economic Recovery

Putting America back to work is a national challenge, requiring a strong national response that includes bold programs to open up new employment opportunities and tax reforms to stop the irresponsible giveaways to big corporations and the wealthiest individuals.  But there are also solutions we can deploy at the state and local levels to address the good-jobs deficit.  In Filling the Good Jobs Deficit: An Economic Recovery Agenda for Our States and Cities, NELP explores how to create family-supporting jobs and promote true economic recovery for our workforce.

NELP’s Recovery Agenda rests on three pillars:  (1) support for programs that put a wide range of workers onto payrolls quickly and that improve the quality of life in our communities; (2) stronger workplace protections for low-wage workers and raising the wage floor to reduce income inequality; and (3) do no harm to those hit hardest by this recession by protecting programs to help workers ride out economic downturns

In these pages, NELP highlights innovative policy solutions from around the country that can move us beyond talking about jobs to actually putting people back to work.

  • Mending Our Built Environment

    Mass transit, school maintenance, and energy-efficient retrofit projects can put our local economies back on track.

  • Strengthening Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability

    Recycling programs, improved storm water systems, and supporting alternative energy generation can create good jobs and improve public health for benefits in the short and long term.

  • Improving Life Outcomes

    Commitments to quality universal pre-kindergarten education and dignified care for the elderly ease the burden for today’s working people, better prepare tomorrow’s workers for success, and could put millions of people to work today in important caregiving professions.

For more information on our work in this area, please contact Anastasia Christman,, or sign up to receive monthly newsletters on economic recovery efforts.