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The labor market in US, 2000–2016 – Recovery from the Great Recession is essentially complete, but there are di cult unemployment and wage issues

In the aggregate the US labor market is doing quite well. Unemployment is currently below 5%, and real weekly earnings of full-time workers increased from the 2000 cyclical peak to the current period of near full employment. The difficulties lie behind the aggregates. Earnings inequality continues to rise, with the growth in earnings most prevalent … Continue reading

Wages of New Hires in US – Stronger growth for women compared to men

There is substantial interest in measuring not just the quantity of new jobs but the quality as well. Existing surveys by the Bureau of Labor Statistics describe the number of new jobs created each month, as well as wages of incumbent workers, but not wages (or other characteristics) of newly created jobs. This paper aims … Continue reading

Low unemployment is failing to spur robust increases in wages

Even as job markets are tight in many major economies, low unemployment is failing to spur robust increases in wages, leaving workers angry. In many major countries, including the United States, Britain and Japan, labor markets are exceedingly tight, with jobless rates a fraction of what they were during the crisis of recent years. Yet workers … Continue reading

Canada – The 10 occupations with the highest average full-time hourly wage in Canada

The average hourly wage paid to full-time payroll employees in 2016 was $27.70, excluding overtime pay, tips, and incentive and performance pay. Wages varied notably across occupations and geographic regions. The data are drawn from the new wage component of the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS), which provides wage information by both detailed occupation and economic … Continue reading

US – Black workers in particular may have suffered more widespread wage losses

Census Bureau data shows that median earnings for full-time, year-round workers dropped from by nearly 3 percent for men and 1 percent for women between 2009 and 2014. While new data from the Labor Department shows that wage gains have accelerated over the past two years, that trend is only beginning to make up for … Continue reading

US – Union boost to nonunion pay has weakened

Pay for private-sector workers has barely budged over the past three and a half decades. In fact, for men in the private sector who lack a college degree and do not belong to a labor union, real wages today are substantially lower than they were in the late 1970s. In the debates over the causes … Continue reading

The Value of Apprenticeships in UK – Wages alone under-estimate the total productivity benefit

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has undertaken research to look at what types of apprenticeships create the most value, in terms of both wages and firm performance. This in turn will help inform policy recommendations on how Government should support the next phase of the apprenticeships programme. There is strong political commitment to the apprenticeships … Continue reading

Wages Growth in US – Wage are indded growing with the decline of unemployment

Wage growth — described as slow and unconvincing by Federal Reserve officials plotting their path to higher interest rates — is more robust by some measures than commonly acknowledged due to changes in the composition of the workforce. With unemployment close to the lowest in eight years, accelerating pay gains would force Fed Chair Janet … Continue reading

Gender Gap in US – Pay drops as women take over a male-dominated field

A new study from researchers at Cornell University found that the difference between the occupations and industries in which men and women work has recently become the single largest cause of the gender pay gap, accounting for more than half of it. In fact, another study shows, when women enter fields in greater numbers, pay … Continue reading

From Low Pay to Higher Pay in UK – People who are on low pay more likely to be in employment in the future than the unemployed or not in the labour force

There is a sizable body of literature examining low paid employment with a focus on state- dependence of low pay – that is, whether and to what extent current low paid employment increases the probability of remaining in low pay in the future. The interest in state-dependence of low pay arises from a concern that … Continue reading

Productivity and Wages in US – The disconnect

The disconnect between productivity and wages really took off with the rise of financialization and cheap technology tools in the early 1980s. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at “Free” Trade, Jobs and Income Inequality: It’s Not As Easy As We Might Think | Max Keiser

Gender Gap – The “unexplained” element had shrunk

Why do women make less than men? You probably know that women earn about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men (specifically, this refers to median full-time wages). You may also know that after narrowing for decades, the gender pay gap has remained essentially stuck since the 1990s. Occupation and industry now explain gender … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Wages do not reflect skills shortages research finds

Concern is growing in advanced economies, and in particular in the UK, about the ‘skills gap’: the ‘growing gulf between the skills workers possess today and the skills businesses say they need’ (Economist Intelligence Unit 2014). The concerns are often focused on shortages of workers with skills in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) … Continue reading

US – Wages are lower for BA holders raised on low incomes

The proportional increase for those who grew up poor is much less than for those who did not. College graduates from families with an income below 185 percent of the federal poverty level (the eligibility threshold for the federal assisted lunch program) earn 91 percent more over their careers than high school graduates from the … Continue reading

Wages in US – Man working full-time, year-round earned less in 2014 than in 1973 in real terms

The typical man with a full-time job–the one at the statistical middle of the middle–earned $50,383 last year. The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation. You read that right: The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in … Continue reading

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