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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cobra extension a big help for jobless

Cobra extension a big help for jobless
Congress extends time people can sign up for healthcare subsidy and adds six months of subsidies.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:49 AM


Friday, December 11, 2009

High Rates of Joblessness and the Deficit

High Rates of Joblessness and the Deficit
Isabel Sawhill reacts to President Obama's speech on creating jobs and the economy, delivered at Brookings. She concludes that by proposing and then enacting key fiscal restraints now and then gradually phasing them in as the economy recovers, there need be no te

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:38 AM


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report [12/10/2009]

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report [12/10/2009]
In the week ending Dec. 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 474,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 457,000. The 4-week moving average was 473,750, a decrease of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average of 481,500.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:38 PM


Creating Jobs in the Recession

Creating Jobs in the Recession
During testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Bruce Katz highlighted six strategies to stop additional job losses and build a lower-carbon, innovation-fueled and export-oriented economy. He emphasized that national recovery will be metropolitan-led but will vary across metropolitan areas—the building blocks of the U.S. economy.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:48 AM


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

High unemployment: A fact of life for American Indians

High unemployment: A fact of life for American Indians
In Economic Performance, Recession/Stimulus, Race and Ethnicity, Economic Status, Wages and Living Standards, Jobs, Unemployment Insurance


# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:54 PM


Changes Needed to Reduce Volatility in California's Workers' Compensation Insurance Market

Changes Needed to Reduce Volatility in California's Workers' Compensation Insurance Market
California's workers' compensation insurance market will remain vulnerable to wide swings in performance unless changes are made to improve the predictability of costs, transparency of pricing decisions, regulatory oversight and consistency of the incentives facing different parties.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:05 PM


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Meaning of the Jobs Report

The Meaning of the Jobs Report
Martin Baily examines the latest jobs report, concluding that it was much better than expected and hence increases the chances that a strong or at least solid recovery is underway. However, he cautions that it is too early to be sure and another few months of good reports are needed before optimism carries the day.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:54 PM


Monday, December 07, 2009

Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans : Updated 12/09

Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans : Updated 12/09
The recession has increased joblessness among older Americans. These graphs and tables report unemployment rates and how they have varied by age, sex, race, and education since 2007.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:10 PM


The Improving Labor Market May Be Worse than You Think

The Improving Labor Market May Be Worse than You Think
In light of November's unemployment report, which showed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percent and payrolls remaining essentially flat, Ben Harris and William Gale explain that although the numbers are improving, it is important to recognize the labor outlook for what it is: possibly the worst we’ve seen in at least 60 years.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:00 PM


Friday, December 04, 2009

Current Employment Statistics Latest Numbers

Current Employment Statistics Latest Numbers

By U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Change in Payroll Employment:
-11,000(p) in Nov 2009
Historical Data

Change in Average Hourly Earnings:
+$0.01(p) in Nov 2009
Historical Data

Change in Average Weekly Hours:
+0.2(p) in Nov 2009
Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Hours:
+0.3(p) in Nov 2009
Historical Data

Change in Aggregate Hours Index:
+0.6(p) in Nov 2009
Historical Data

Change in Real Earnings:
unchanged in Oct 2009
Historical Data

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# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:24 PM


Podcast: The November Unemployment Report and What it Means for the Economy

Podcast: The November Unemployment Report and What it Means for the Economy
The jobs report for November is discussed by Chief Economist, Chad Stone. Duration: 4:05

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:17 PM


Statement: Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the November Employment Report

Statement: Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the November Employment Report
Today’s report that the pace of job losses has dramatically abated is the most encouraging in a long time, but serious problems remain for unemployed job-seekers. The number of people who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more continued to climb in November, and these long-term unemployed now are nearly 40 percent of total unemployment (see chart). Renewing the temporary assistance for unemployed workers scheduled to expire in less than a month and providing …

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:16 PM


Positive News in the November Employment Report

Positive News in the November Employment Report
In a very gloomy year for America’s job market, the November employment report is the best one we’ve seen in a long time. The big news is that the unemployment rate is down. Gary Burtless examines the implications of the complete report.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:03 PM


Thursday, December 03, 2009

New CBO Report Finds Recovery Act has Preserved or Created up to 1.6 Million Jobs

New CBO Report Finds Recovery Act has Preserved or Created up to 1.6 Million Jobs
A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) had preserved or created between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs as of September. This estimate by Congress’ non-partisan economic and budget analysts is more comprehensive than the 640,000 jobs that ARRA recipients reported in late October, CBO explains. ARRA Also Prevented Even Deeper Recession, CBO Finds CBO also concluded that ARRA boosted economic activity …

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:19 PM


Around the Halls: How Do We Create Jobs?

Around the Halls: How Do We Create Jobs?
As the Obama administration hosts economists, academics and corporate executives at a White House "jobs summit" to consider how the government can spur job creation, scholars from around the halls of Brookings suggest a range of ideas from revisiting the National Infrastructure Bank to more investment in education and training.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:56 PM


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Examining Economic Mobility in America

Examining Economic Mobility in America
Examining the barriers to economic mobility in America, Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill discuss the alarming unemployment rate and the extent of poverty in America and the distinct challenges facing immigrant families and African-American children.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:59 PM


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

How Well Have Middle Class American Families Accumulated Wealth? : Net Worth over the Life Cycle between 1989 and 2007

How Well Have Middle Class American Families Accumulated Wealth? : Net Worth over the Life Cycle between 1989 and 2007
Many commentators have worried about the low savings rates and high debt levels of American families. Does this picture of unbridled consumption and low asset accumulation fit the American family? Did declines in 2008-2009 house prices, stocks, and bonds reinforce stagnating wealth or offset previous growth in wealth? Using data from the 1989, 1998, and 2007 Surveys of Consumer Finances (SCF) to replicate family experiences over the life cycle by following age cohorts, this fact sheet shows that from 1989 to 2007 American families were accumulating wealth at a healthy rate as individuals and families moved through their life cycle.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:06 PM


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