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UI Weekly Claims in US (week ending May 30) – 1,877,000, a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week’s revised level

In the week ending May 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,877,000, a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 2,123,000 to 2,126,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,284,000, a decrease of 324,750 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

COVID and Job Cuts in Public Education in US – Already greater than in all of the Great Recession

It has been well documented that fiscal austerity was a catastrophe for the recovery from the Great Recession. New estimates show that without sufficient aid to state and local governments, the COVID-19 shock could lead to a revenue shortfall of nearly $1 trillion by 2021 for state and local governments. In lieu of substantial federal … Continue reading

COVID and the Economy in US – CBO projects that over the 11-year horizon, cumulative real output will be $7.9 trillion lower

The two largest differences between the two forecasts result from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in reducing output and the legislation enacted between January and early May in response, which partly offsets that reduction. Real GDP The revised forecast for nominal GDP reflects a significant markdown in CBO’s projection of real (inflation-adjusted) production … Continue reading

Foreign-Born People in US – 46 million in 2018 or 14 percent of the total population

In 2018, 46 million foreign-born people lived in the United States, accounting for 14 percent of the total population, and three-quarters of them were here legally, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. The population with legal status increased steadily from 20 million in 1998 to 35 million in 2018. The increase in the … Continue reading

Bringing Jobs Back in US – 6 elements of a strategy

Despite repeated warnings, America’s industrial base has been whittled away by corporations offshoring work to Mexico, China, and other countries. The offshoring of much-needed medical equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic heightens the urgency to bring these supply chains home. While U,S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s recent op-ed heralding an end to “the … Continue reading

Employment in US Before COVID and in April –  72 percent of adults were either “doing okay” financially, down from the 75 percent says FED

Although most adults were working as much as they wanted to, many people were not working full time and wanted more work. Many adults also performed gig activities in the month before the survey, although few who participated in the gig economy were doing so as a primary source of income. • Eighteen percent of … Continue reading

UI Weekly Claims in US (week ending May 9) – 2,981,000, a total of more than 36 M for the last 8 weeks

In the week ending May 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 2,981,000, a decrease of 195,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 7,000 from 3,169,000 to 3,176,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,616,500, a decrease of 564,000 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

COVID, Jobs and Recovery in US – Lockdown of 3 months is going to have long-lasting negative effects on unemployment research finds

In March 2020, the US entered a “lockdown” so as to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The vast majority of residents of the United States have been ordered to stay at home. Most retail businesses have been ordered to shut down. Most workers have been ordered to stay away from their place of … Continue reading

COVID, Stock Market and Unemployment in US – One chart shows how they are completely decoupled

One chart shows how the stock market is completely decoupled from the labor marketIn the past decade, the S&P 500 and the unemployment rate moved nearly in lockstep, but that all changed last month. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ One chart shows how the stock market is completely decoupled from the … Continue reading

COVID and Job Report in US (April 2020) – Employment fell by 20.5 million in one month

Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 20.5 million in April, and the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent,the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The changes in these measures reflect the effects of thecoronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. Employment fell sharply in all major industry sectors,with particularly heavy job losses in … Continue reading

UI Claims in US (week ending May 2) – 3.2 M, which brings the total for the past seven weeks to 33.5 M

The COVID-19 virus continues to impact the number of initial claims and insured unemployment. This report now includes information on claimants filing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation claims. In the week ending May 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,169,000, a decrease of 677,000 from the previous week’s … Continue reading

COVID and UI in US – Maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent of average weekly wages in all states

WHAT HAS CONGRESS ALREADY DONE TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT CRISIS? The CARES Act—a $2 trillion relief package aimed at alleviating the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic—extends the duration of UI benefits by 13 weeks and increases payments by $600 per week through July 31st. This implies that maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent … Continue reading

COVID, Cares Act and UI in US – States struggle to pay out the extra $600

Most other states have started to provide the extra federal jobless aid, though many did so only this week, nearly a month after businesses began shutting down across the country because of the coronavirus outbreak. At least 32 states will provide the extra federal benefits by the end of this week. California, the most populous … Continue reading

COVID and Unemployment Insurance in US – How to make it work for all

Since its creation almost a century ago, America’s safety net has not kept pace with the changing economy. Reforming the Unemployment Insurance program is a case in point. Created in 1935, this essential component of the safety net, which provides a basic level of financial assistance to workers who lose their jobs through no fault … Continue reading

COVID and Jobs in US – A second sound of layoffs has begun

The first people to lose their jobs worked at restaurants, malls, hotels and other places that closed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Higher skilled work, which often didn’t require personal contact, seemed more secure. That’s not how it’s turning out. A second wave of job loss is hitting those who thought they were safe. Businesses … Continue reading

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