America confronts a jobs crisis that has two faces. The first is obvious when we read the newspapers or talk with our friends and neighbors: there are simply not enough jobs to go around. The second jobs crisis is more subtle but no less serious: far too many jobs fall below the standard that most Americans would consider decent work. A quarter of working adults are trapped in jobs that do not provide living wages, health insurance, or much hope of upward mobility.
Thomas Kochan, a Professor of Management at MIT, James Finegold, the senior vice president for lifelong learning and strategic growth at Rutgers University, and Paul Osterman, a professor of Human Resources and Management at MIT, write about how to take the lead in creating collaborative programs to train workers.