Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.

Restoring robust economic mobility is among the most urgent challenges facing the nation today. Our current approach dates back more than 50 years to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty – a strategy that made a difference in its day but is no longer enough.

What’s needed is a new conversation: a new vocabulary, new voices from new places on the political spectrum, a new broader climate of concern – and a new national push to enhance opportunity.

Opportunity America is devoted to filling this gap, funneling ideas into the policy process and building consensus around a new agenda.

The organization’s principal activities are research, policy development, dissemination of policy ideas and working to build consensus around policy proposals.

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Kentucky FAME: Fulfilling the promise of apprenticeship - Virtual release of OA-Brookings report on the Kentucky FAME apprenticeship program, 10-19-20
The indispensable institution - Virtual release of new report on community college workforce education, 6-25-20
Skills wanted: CUNY as engine of economic recovery - Virtual panel discussing CUNY’s role in the economic recovery, 7-8-20
Workforce Pell briefing - Briefing for congressional staffers, 7-30-19

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Job openings reach record as hiring slows - Wall Street Journal 5-11-2021
Some summer jobs for teens - Wall Street Journal 5-9-2021
Why can’t companies find workers? - Wall Street Journal 5-6-2021
Amazon is raising wages - Wall Street Journal 4-28-2021
Biden proposes free community college - Inside Higher Ed 4-28-2021
Restaurants offer higher pay to win back workers - Wall Street Journal 4-25-2021
The job market is tighter than you think - Wall Street Journal 4-21-2021
Hiring might not keep up with economic growth - Wall Street Journal 4-18-2021
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