Latest from Heather Long

It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America.

Hiring was much weaker than expected in April. Wall Street thinks it’s a blip, but there could be much deeper rethinking going on of what jobs are needed and what workers want to do on a daily basis.
  • May 7, 2021

Biden’s big bet: He can remake the economy without any negative side effects

The American Families Plan is part of a bold gamble Biden wants to make: that he can improve the lives of lower- and middle-class Americans without unleashing years of inflation, slower growth and less incentive to work.
  • Apr 28, 2021

Top 5 takeaways from Biden’s American Families Plan

Biden has an ambitious plan that would greatly expand the U.S. government’s role in daily life. It will be tough to pass -- and make the changes permanent.
  • Apr 28, 2021

A quarter of women say they are financially worse off a year into pandemic, Post-ABC poll finds

A Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores the ongoing struggles that women and people of color face as they deal far more with job loss, caring for children and rising food and rent prices.
  • Apr 27, 2021

Biden’s economy shows strength, but recovery is far from complete

The American Rescue Plan stimulus package and broad economic optimism have helped businesses and consumers, but many Americans are still jobless.
  • Apr 26, 2021

Many left behind in this recovery have something in common: No college degree

The latest hiring numbers show encouraging signs that women are returning to the labor force, but major struggles remain for men and women without college degrees.
  • Apr 22, 2021

The U.S. government approved trillions in aid. Many hard-hit families have yet to receive it.

Millions are still waiting for stimulus checks and housing aid, and only 41 percent of the jobless are receiving unemployment, one study found.
  • Apr 6, 2021

Biden’s infrastructure plan faces controversy over price tag and design

While there’s widespread support for a large infrastructure bill, the details, especially Biden’s plan to pay for it, are drawing early fire.
  • Mar 31, 2021

5 key takeaways from Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan

Biden’s proposal includes a lot more than roads and bridges, and the White House math is fuzzy on how to pay the hefty price tag.
  • Mar 31, 2021

The IRS is behind in processing nearly 7 million tax returns, slowing refunds as it implements new stimulus

Nearly 7 million tax filers are in limbo and facing substantial delays in getting refunds, as the Internal Revenue Service struggles to keep up with the demands of issuing stimulus checks and implementing a myriad of tax code changes from the coronavirus relief packages.
  • Mar 12, 2021