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Inequalities in US – All 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades EPI finds

Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone—not just for those at the top. While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report uses … Continue reading

US – Government workers are less likely to be displaced CATO finds

This paper examines the extent to which public-sector employment has been relatively recessionproof in the past, whether previous patterns with respect to job displacement held during the Great Recession, and whether the experiences of federal, state, and local government workers have been similar…   We use a sample of over 800,000 workers taken from the … Continue reading

US – Workers were less secure about retaining their jobs in 2010 and 2012 than in 1977 and 1978 BLS finds

Workers were less secure about retaining their jobs in 2010 and 2012 than in 1977 and 1978; they also were less secure about the ease with which they would find a comparable job if they were separated. As might be expected, the two measures of job security track unemployment, although other factors certainly play a … Continue reading

Deere – To cut more than 900 jobs

Deere & Co (DE.N), the world’s largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery.  The layoffs, which represent about 3 percent of Deere’s workforce … Continue reading

Unemployment Insurance in US – Cut in benefit duration accounted for about 61 percent of the aggregate employment growth in 2014 NBER’s study finds

Our objective in this paper is to assess the effect of unemployment benefit extensions on employment. Measuring the magnitude of this effect is manifestly important for understanding the economic consequences of this widely used policy instrument. Yet, the existing literature provides little information on the size, let alone the sign of this effect. In the … Continue reading

Immigration and Population in US – Slowing population decline in many counties

Over the past 25 years, the total immigrant population has increased and spread across the country. In 1990, the foreign-born population was 19.7 million or 7.9 percent of the U.S. total, with nearly 3 out of 4 immigrants (73 percent) living in either California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, or Texas.2 By 2010, approximately … Continue reading

$15 minimum Wage in US – The cost increases resulting from these measures could be absorbed by the fast-food industry not only without causing employment losses study finds

Over the past few years, there has been a growing movement in the United States to substantially raise the federal minimum wage, which has been fixed at $7.25 per hour since 2009. One widely embraced goal within this movement is to raise the federal minimum to $15 an hour. This would constitute a 107 percent … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – Increase to 316,000 in the week ending January 10

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS ( seasonally adjusted) In the week ending January 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 316,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 294,000 to 297,000. The 4-week moving average was 298,000, an increase of 6,750 … Continue reading

Why wages are not rising as job growth increases – MarketWatch

Why wages are not growing for the vast majority of workers in the United States and what it will take to get us there. First, the trend of stagnating U.S. wage growth is nothing new. The past three decades of wage growth — save for the late-1990s boom — have given the median U.S. wage … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – Skill shortages are not a significant factor impeding current employment growth research finds

Consistent with the view that much of current unemployment must be structural rather than cyclical in nature, even as unemployment has been slow to fall from its recent high level, a number of reports have cited short- ages of skilled workers as a significant barrier to business expansion. A 2011 report by Deloitte and the … Continue reading

Solar Jobs in US – Up 22% in 2014

U.S. solar companies boosted their employee rolls by 22 percent last year, and now employ 86 percent more workers than they did in 2010, driven by rising demand in the world’s third-largest market. Almost 174,000 people are working in the U.S. solar industry, compared with 143,000 in 2013 and 93,500 in 2010, according to a … Continue reading

Gender Pay Gap in US – On average in 2013, women made 82 percent of the median weekly earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers BLS finds

In 2013, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $706. On average in 2013, women made 82 percent of the median weekly earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers ($860). In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women earned 62 percent of … Continue reading

US College Admissions Process – Selling Students to the Highest Bidders

The U.S. college admissions process is expensive and stressful, for everyone from high-achieving high school students to first-generation adult learners. It is also surprisingly ineffective — only about 30% of students headed to a four-year college graduate from that college within six years (about 40% take longer or don’t graduate at all, and about 30% … Continue reading

US – Job Openings increase to highest level since 2001

Job openings climbed in November to the highest level in almost 14 years as the strengthening U.S. economy fueled demand for labor. The number of positions waiting to be filled rose by 142,000 to 4.97 million in November, the most since January 2001, a report from the Labor Department showed today. The pace of hiring … Continue reading

Education in US – The earning gap has grown more for those who have earned a post-graduate degree Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco finds

The earnings gap between people with a college degree and those with no education beyond high school has been growing since the late 1970s. Since 2000, however, the gap has grown more for those who have earned a post-graduate degree as well. The divergence between workers with college degrees and those with graduate degrees may … Continue reading

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