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Sluggish Wage Growth in US – Not due to the mix of jobs being created EPI finds

There has been some discussion that the sluggish wage growth we’ve seen since the recovery began in 2009 is driven in large part by the mix of jobs being created, as if we have lower wages simply because the economy is adding more low-wage jobs. Earlier in the recovery there was likely some truth to … Continue reading

Higher Education and Skills Gap in US – New workforce training models needed brookings’ Holzer finds

Employment of Americans in middle-wage jobs has been declining, due to trends both in employer demand and worker skill attainment. Workforce development in the US now mostly occurs in community and forprofit colleges, as well as the lower-tier of 4-year colleges. Enrollment rates are high, even among the disadvantaged, but completion rates are very low … Continue reading

US – UI benefits for the 65 million acting as family caregivers

This research report presents detailed information on the policies and practices in place in state unemployment insurance (UI) programs that provide potential temporary financial assistance to family caregivers.  The report draws on legal analysis from 50 states and the District of Columbia and in-depth interviews with advocates and UI agency officials from 10 targeted states … Continue reading

US – 44 percent reported participating in some informal paid work during 2011–2013

“Informal” work refers to temporary or occasional side jobs from which earnings are presumably not reported in full to the Internal Revenue Service and which typically do not constitute a dominant or complete source of income. Perhaps the most important reason for undertaking informal work is to offset negative income and employment shocks, such as … Continue reading

US – The growing movement for $15

In Part 1 of this report, we look at the portion of the U.S. workforce that currently earns less than $15 per hour in the United States. Our findings include the following: Forty-two (42) percent of U.S. workers make less than $15 per hour. Women and people of color are overrepresented in jobs paying less … Continue reading

US – The Science and Engineering Workforce

T​he number of college graduates in the United States nearly doubled between 1993 and 2013, from 29 million to 55 million, according to the National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG). The number of college graduates with degrees in science and engineering (S&E) fields grew faster than the number of college graduates with degrees in non-S&E … Continue reading

Aging Workforce – How prepared is the US

Gillian B. White: You spent a lot of time researching the labor force and changing demographics around the world, in your opinion how prepared is the U.S. for the shift to an older population? Joseph M. Coleman: There are good things and bad things. We have a very dynamic economy, we’re able to react to … Continue reading

US – Low wages cost taxpayers $152.8 billion each year in public support for working families

Even as the economy has at last begun to expand at a more rapid pace, growth in wages and benefits for most American workers has continued its decades-long stagnation. Real hourly wages of the median American worker were just 5 percent higher in 2013 than they were in 1979, while the wages of the bottom … Continue reading

Retirement in US – Confidence plunging even as boomers’ financial expectations are improving IRI study finds 

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today released a new research report that found Baby Boomers’ confidence in having sufficient savings to last throughout retirement has dropped to a five-year low. Declining each year since 2011, the first year this study was conducted, the report found only 27 percent of Boomers are highly confident their savings … Continue reading

Increased Mismatch in US – Will wages raise ?

U.S. job openings surged to a 14-year high in February but a steady pace of hiring suggested employers are having trouble finding suitable workers, a trend that could put upward pressure of wage growth. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, increased 168,000 to a seasonally adjusted 5.1 million, the Labor Department said in its … Continue reading

Immigrant Women in US – 21.2 million or 51 percent of the overall foreign-born population,

Following a history of majority male migration through the mid-20th century, women have migrated to the United States in large numbers as a result of the emphasis on family reunification ushered in by the 1965 Immigration Act. Female immigrants represent 51 percent of the overall foreign-born population, with 21.2 million immigrant women residing in the … Continue reading

The “Middle-Skill” Jobs in US – How to fill the gap

Over the past decade many economists have warned that the middle of the labor market is hollowing out. Traditional middle-skill jobs—like construction, production, and clerical jobs that require little formal education—are disappearing.  But new analysis from Economic Studies Visiting Fellow Harry Holzer uncovers growth in the middle of the labor market that many have overlooked. … Continue reading

US – Government jobs 630,000 below early stages of recession level

The Labor Department’s latest report signaled that a broader economic slowdown is taking place after job growth ticked up last year. The economy added just 126,000 jobs last month — the lowest tally in more than a year. While the new estimates were disappointing, they’re hardly anything out of the ordinary for the public sector. … Continue reading

US Demographics – The “diversity explosion”

Brookings Senior Fellow William Frey estimates that by the year 2044 whites will no longer be a majority in the U.S. In his book, “Diversity Explosion,” Frey highlights that this demographic shift will have a profound impact on U.S. society, politics, and economics. In the latest Brookings Essay, former Brookings Fellow Jennifer Bradley tackles whether … Continue reading

US 2.8 million are currently employed in temporary help services NELP finds

The employment services industry, which includes both temporary staffing agencies and more permanent employee leasing firms, is expected to rank among the fastest-growing sectors in the country in the next decade. Staffing work is one part of a larger story about the declining middle class in our country. More and more, major corporations are separating … Continue reading

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