Low Job Quality Leaves Workers and Our Economy More Vulnerable to the Next Recession

The Great Recession of 2007 – 2009 created significant economic hardships for workers, especially low-wage workers of color. While many workers lost jobs and needed income, those who were able to find employment often ended up in low-quality jobs with low pay, few or no benefits, and limited opportunities for advancement.

Today, most low-wage workers are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession. Another recession, when it comes, will be deeper and more painful for workers than it needs to be. This brief by Pronita Gupta and Tanya Goldman outlines policy proposals that improve job quality and would promote workers’ economic security during another recession.