Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It's a bad time for job seekers with criminal recordsIt's a bad time for job seekers with criminal records
Eddie Lemon has an associate's degree from Taft College near Bakersfield. He's certified to work as a sheet metal operator and to...
Loss of jobless benefits could be serious blow to U.S. economyLoss of jobless benefits could be serious blow to U.S. economy
With 2 million jobless workers set to lose unemployment benefits this month, the kind of extension that Congress routinely approved in the past has fallen victim to partisan deadlock — and the consequences could be serious for the U.S. economy.
Global MetroMonitor: The Path to Economic RecoveryGlobal MetroMonitor: The Path to Economic Recovery
A first-ever look at the recent economic performance of 150 leading global metropolitan areas finds that the Great Recession has accelerated a shift in economic growth toward emerging-market metro economies in Asia and Latin America, creating challenges and opportunities for their counterparts in the United States and Europe.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
US Jobless Claims Decline to 407000, Lowest Since July 2008US Jobless Claims Decline to 407000, Lowest Since July 2008
Applications for unemployment benefits in the US fell more than For 2012, the jobless rate will be 7.7 percent to 8.2 percent,
Gloomy Fed employment forecast overshadows upbeat GDP dataGloomy Fed employment forecast overshadows upbeat GDP data
The American economy grew faster in the third quarter this year than previously estimated, but that bit of encouraging news was overshadowed by a grim...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Economic Case for Unemployment Insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramThe Economic Case for Unemployment Insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Businesses can expect a dreary holiday shopping season if Congress does not continue benefits for the long-term unemployed. These benefits help families to weather hard times, and right now millions of American families remain out of work or underemployed. They help families keep a roof over their head and food on the table while they search for work and wait for the economy to improve.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Healthcare sector loses steam in CaliforniaHealthcare sector loses steam in California
Healthcare has long been one of the most reliable generators of new jobs in California. But a lousy economy has caught up with an industry...
Friday, November 19, 2010
State stems jobs loss; rate still 12.4%California stems jobs loss; rate still 12.4%
The economy added 39,000 jobs in October after losing 53,600 in September. Hiring was spread across sectors as diverse as government and leisure and hospitality
Monday, November 15, 2010
Where is the Learning? Measuring Schooling Efforts in Developing CountriesWhere is the Learning? Measuring Schooling Efforts in Developing Countries
Around the world, there have been major gains in primary school enrollment, but students in many countries are spending years in school without learning core competencies. In this brief, Jacques van der Gaag and Anda Adams provide an overview of the global learning crisis and make policy recommendations for the global community and national governments to focus on the crucial knowledge acquisition and skills development of education.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Interstate Migration Has Fallen Less Than You ThinkInterstate Migration Has Fallen Less Than You Think
Justin Wolfers takes a closer look at Census Bureau data techniques to see that interstate migration has not been slowing down as severely as one might think looking at the raw numbers.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
More Americans opt for high-deductible health insurance plansMore Americans opt for high-deductible health insurance plans
Looking to save money in a weak economy, Americans increasingly are turning to health insurance plans with low premiums and high deductibles...
Feds: Woman Illegally Fired Over Facebook RemarksFeds: Woman Illegally Fired Over Facebook Remarks
A Connecticut woman who was fired after she posted disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook has prompted a first-of-its-kind legal case by
Job Postings Drop in September, but Small Businesses Show OptimismJob Postings Drop in September, but Small Businesses Show Optimism
It was the second month of declines in job vacancies, but an index showed that more small-business owners planned to hire than fire in the next three months.
Five Jobless Workers Per Opening in SeptemberFive Jobless Workers Per Opening in September
The ratio rose slightly from August but has generally been trending downward since the recession ended in June 2009, according to a Labor Department report.
Shifting Health Costs to High EarnersShifting Health Costs to High Earners
As costs rise, employers are shifting the burden of health care contributions to workers in top salary brackets.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Education, Employment and the Great Recession in Metropolitan AmericaEducation, Employment and the Great Recession in Metropolitan America
In an analysis of employment by educational attainment in America's 100 largest metropolitan areas, Alan Berube finds sigificant differences in the recession's impacts across these metro areas on workers with different levels of educational attainment
The Great Recession’s Toll on Long-Term UnemploymentThe Great Recession’s Toll on Long-Term Unemployment
The U.S. economy is creating jobs for the first time in months, with an increase of 151,000 jobs last month. Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney analyze the October employment numbers and explore the impact of the Great Recession on the length of unemployment for American workers
Jobs Data Highlights the Challenges for WashingtonJobs Data Highlights the Challenges for Washington
Good, but not good enough.