New York’s newest growth industry is a generation of young adults who are not in school and not employed. Most aren’t even looking for work. A changing economy is partly to blame–but so is government’s disinvestment in job training.
With 400,000 still on the rolls, New York City is taking a new approach to welfare reform’s second round. Could a gentler touch really put more of the city’s poor to work?
Today, most antipoverty efforts are aimed at boosting low wages, not offering a check. For many families struggling to make a living, it’s still a high-wire act with many dangers.