“Unemployment is down, the Dow Jones industrial average is north of 25,000 and millions of jobs are going unfilled. But for people like Vanessa, the question is not, Can I land a job? (The answer is almost certainly, Yes, you can.) Instead the question is, What kinds of jobs are available to people without much education? By and large, the answer is: jobs that do not pay enough to live on.” Matthew Desmond in the NYT Mag: Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.

+ “The sector creating jobs the fastest under Trump has been at the forefront of employment growth for the past several decades: the service industry.” Quartz: Jobs at bars and coffee shops are thriving in the Trump economy.

+ While America’s increasing economic divide is often positioned as an urban v rural issue, the truth is that there is a dramatic difference between cities. Frontline and ProPublica: Left Behind America. (Debuting tonight on PBS and via stream…)

+ The Atlantic: Why Does the School Day End Two Hours Before the Workday? (Why does it end before bedtime?)