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Kathryn A. Edwards

The US Labor Market’s Best Just Isn’t Good Enough

Ample demand for workers hasn’t delivered benefits, fixed disparities or eliminated abuses.

Still a lot of work to do.

Still a lot of work to do.

Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The US labor market will probably never be better for workers than it is right now. As such, it sheds much-needed light on a question crucial to the country’s longer-term prosperity: What problems can the market solve, and what must policy instead address?

The short answer is that policymakers have a lot of work to do.