Carl Van Horn's Working Scared presents a narrative of the transformations and economic crises that have been disrupting the U.S. economy and American workers in recent years. It explores the devastating consequences of the Great Recession, the forces that are reshaping the American labor market, as well as their impact on American workers — especially older workers and recent high school and college graduates. The book also includes recommendations for restoring jobs and economic prosperity for American workers.
Working Scared draws upon nearly 25,000 interviews with employed and unemployed Americans conducted from 1998 to 2012 as part of the Heldrich Center's award-winning Work Trends series. The voices and stories of American workers chronicled inWorking Scared tell a compelling story about wrenching structural changes and recessions during one of the most volatile periods in U.S. economic history.