Americans have always been willing to move to look for better economic opportunities, and this willingness to relocate is a big factor in U.S. prosperity. Yet while everyone is free to move to look for a better life, not everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to the same degree. Some overdue changes in unemployment insurance could improve the mobility of less-educated Americans, narrow their earning gap with better-educated workers, ease unemployment and reduce income inequality.
Today, about 40 percent of U.S. households change addresses every five years. A significant number relocate to a different city. About 33 percent of Americans reside in a state other than the one they were born in.
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US / Megacommuters: 600,000 Travel 90 Minutes and 50 Miles to Work, and 10.8 Million Travel an Hour Each Way
About 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer, 4.3 percent work from home, and nearly 600,000 full-time workers had “megacommutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles. The average one-way daily commute for workers across the country is 25.5 minutes, and one in four commuters leave their county to … Continue reading »
Marissa Mayer left Google to tackle what ailed Yahoo. And this week she took on … telecommuting. Yahoos were pleased with the new iPhones and free food from the new boss – a Google-icious touch. But, depending on the speaker, this “bold,” “outrageous,” or “1950s” decree eliminating work from home has stirred up comment, incredulity … Continue reading »
The number of Americans with marathon commutes is on the rise, particularly following a debilitating recession that has pummeled employment and the housing sector, a recent report on the nation’s “super commuting” trend finds. “What’s really driving this is the economy,” says Mitchell Moss, director of New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation and co-author … Continue reading »