Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
“Missing” workers return“Missing” workers return
In February, in testimony to Congress about the urgent need for more jobs, EPI President Lawrence Mishel explained that even once the economy started to create jobs again, unemployment rates would continue to rise as large numbers of “missing workers” returned to the work force.
Monday, May 10, 2010
How Health Reform Helps Reduce the DeficitHow Health Reform Helps Reduce the Deficit
The new health reform law will extend coverage to over 30 million uninsured Americans and provide important consumer protections to tens of millions of insured Americans whose coverage may have critical gaps. These coverage expansions will be more than paid for by specific reductions in spending for Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs and by additional tax revenues. Overall, health reform will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over 2010-2019, according to the Congressional Budget …
Long-term Joblessness Reaches New HighLong-term Joblessness Reaches New High
Friday’s employment report wasn’t good news for the long-term unemployed. The number of people looking for work for 27 weeks or more grew by 169,000 to 6.7 million, half of the total number of unemployed, and the average duration of joblessness continued to grow, to 33 weeks. Gary Burtless responds to the question of whether the government should propose new tax, training or other policy ideas to target the jobless who can’t find work.
Metropolitan Milwaukee's Problems Mirror the National ChallengeMetropolitan Milwaukee's Problems Mirror the National Challenge
Presenting Milwaukee as a case study, Alan Berube provides insight into the major demographic shifts affecting metropolitan areas across the United States. Using a typology introduced in the State of Metropolitan America report, Berube identifies Milwaukee’s specific challenges and suggests ways local and state leaders can meet the needs of a changing population.