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Long-Term unemployed – A sharp drop-off in the number of interview requests for those whose nonemployment spell topped six months finds research

Three recent audit studies on nonemployment discrimination report results consistent with the long-term jobless having significantly lower chances of being invited to job interviews. Given the design of previous studies unfavorable treatment can be due to a marginal preference among employers for hiring applicants with shorter spells or to stronger negative beliefs about the long-term … Continue reading

US – People with higher levels of education: consistently lower unemployment rates

You probably know lots of reasons why it’s smart to stay in school. Well, here’s one more: You’re less likely to be unemployed. According to data released in January 2014 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the higher your level of education, the lower your rate of unemployment. In the last decade, as … Continue reading

US – Back to early 20th century wealth concentration levels at the very top finds research

Income inequality has increased sharply since the 1980s yet surveys show modest increase in wealth concentration One possible explanation: rising inequality is a pure labor income phenomenon – Rise in top incomes due to top wage earners/entrepreneurs only – The working rich may not have had enough time to accumulate – Or they may have … Continue reading

US – Only 19 percent of lower-income individuals individuals aged 50-58 participated in a pension of any kind at their current jobs

In 2010, only 19 percent of individuals ages 50-58 whose household incomes were less than 300 percent of the poverty line participated in a pension of any kind at their current jobs, compared to 56 percent of those above 300 percent of poverty.  This paper investigates this pension gap.  In particular, we decompose the pension … Continue reading

US – How organized workers fueled america’s broadly shared prosperity

The middle class is the great engine of the American economy. Organized workers built a powerful middle class by taking direct action and advocating for government policies to give workers a fair share of economic wealth. But over the past 40 years, this pattern has been reversed as corporate owners and managers have taken an … Continue reading

US Labor Market in Crisis – Two Charts

he enormous number of people who work only part-time for economic reasons is one the tragedies of the unemployment crisis in this country. It didn’t even start with the financial crisis. Before the 2001 recession, there were a little above 3 million of them. By September 2003, as the economy recovered, there were 4.84 million. … Continue reading

Occupations in US – The 10 largest occupations accounted for 21 percent of total employment

Retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the largest employment in May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These two occupations combined made up nearly 6 percent of total U.S. employment, with employment levels of 4.5 million and 3.3 million, respectively.  The data in this release are from the Occupational Employment … Continue reading

US – Liberal arts field can and does lead to successful and remunerative careers in a wide array of professions says a report

In How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, authors Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly analyze data from the 2010-11 US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and provide answers to some common questions posed by students, parents, and policy makers who are increasingly concerned about the value of college degrees. Responding to concerns about … Continue reading

US – Long-Term Unemployment is elevated across all education, age, occupation, industry, gender, and racial and ethnic groups

Long-term unemployment is elevated for workers at every education level. The table below provides additional breakdowns of long-term unemployment by age, gender, race/ethnicity, occupation, and industry. For each category, the table shows the long-term unemployment rate in 2007, the long-term unemployment rate in 2013, and ratio of the two. It demonstrates that while there is … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – The last time initial claims were this low was May 12, 2007 says DOL

In the week ending April 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 300,000, a decrease of 32,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The last time initial claims were this low was May 12, 2007 when they were 297,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 6,000 from 326,000 to 332,000. … Continue reading

Unemployed Mothers in US – Staying at home

More mothers in the United States are staying home, but the increase is linked more to unemployment and demographic changes than to choice, a study published Tuesday suggested.  In 2012, nearly one in three mothers, or 29 percent, did not work outside the home, up from 23 percent in 1999, said the study from the … Continue reading

Job openings in US – Highest in more than six years

The number of job openings in the U.S. recently hit the highest level in more than six years, a trend that could precede faster employment growth in coming months, according to a Tuesday analyst note. There were 4.17 million job openings in February -– the most since January 2008 — up 4% from a year … Continue reading

The Job Gap in US – How many more jobs are needed ?

One of the big questions concerning the U.S. jobs market is how many jobs need to be created to reach full employment? Without knowing that, it’s hard to determine when the nation’s economy will have finally recovered. Figuring out that number is complicated by several uncertainties, including just how many people need jobs and how … Continue reading

Long-term unemployment in US since 1950 – A chart

This FRED graph divides unemployed (civilian) workers according to the duration of their unemployment spell. The number of those unemployed for 27 weeks or more is still very high, while the other categories have recovered to normal levels. This level of persistently elevated unemployment is different from that during previous recessions, and there may even … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – We need to kill this zombie writes Krugman

The point is that influential people move in circles in which repeating the skills-gap story — or, better yet, writing about skill gaps in media outlets like Politico — is a badge of seriousness, an assertion of tribal identity. And the zombie shambles on.  Unfortunately, the skills myth — like the myth of a looming … Continue reading

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