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May 27, 2015 | By David Cooper | State Jobs PictureThe April State Employment and Unemployment report, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed most states are still plodding along with job growth sufficient to slowly bring down unemployment rates.
May 13, 2015 | By David Cooper | BlogAn eye-opening story published last week by the New York Times revealed how manicurists in New York’s booming nail salon industry are subject to brazen exploitation.
May 6, 2015 | By David Cooper | BlogIn We Can Afford a $12 Federal Minimum Wage in 2020, Larry Mishel, John Schmitt, and I explain that raising the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020 is an eminently achievable and worthwhile goal.
Raising the Minimum Wage to $12 by 2020 Would Shrink the Wage Gap between Low-Wage Workers and Typical Workers
May 5, 2015 | By David Cooper | Economic snapshotOver the past four decades, much of the growth in inequality has come from the declining value of the federal minimum wage.
April 14, 2015 | By David Cooper | Economic snapshotThe federal minimum wage reached its highest inflation-adjusted value in 1968, when it was worth $9.54 per hour in 2014 dollars.
April 1, 2015 | By David Cooper | Economic snapshotOver the past 46 years, as lawmakers have failed to adequately raise the federal minimum wage, the gap between wages of the average U.S.
March 27, 2015 | By David Cooper | State Jobs PictureThe February State and Regional Employment and Unemployment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was another sign that the economy is headed in the right direction.
March 17, 2015 | By David Cooper | Economic IndicatorsThis morning’s release of January employment and unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows most states began the New Year with relatively strong job growth and continued declines in unemployment.
January 27, 2015 | By David Cooper | State Jobs PictureThe December state employment and unemployment data, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, show that most states closed 2014 on a positive course.
December 19, 2014 | By David Cooper | Economic IndicatorsThis morning’s release of monthly state employment and unemployment numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was a welcome bit of good news.
December 18, 2014 | By David Cooper | BlogOn January 1st, 20 states will raise their minimum wages, lifting the pay of over 3.1 million workers throughout the country.1 New York, meanwhile, will have already raised its minimum wage on December 31st.
November 21, 2014 | By David Cooper | BlogAs retailers and consumers gear up for the holiday shopping season, it’s a good time to take a closer look at what things are like for the person on the other side of the cash register.
November 5, 2014 | By David Cooper | Economic snapshotThough the country has come a long way from the depths of the Great Recession—with unemployment falling considerably over the past five years—a significant portion of the drop in unemployment is due to job-seekers giving up on the job search and dropping out of the labor force.
October 21, 2014 | By David Cooper | Economic IndicatorsToday’s release of state employment and unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor told the same story we’ve heard for most of the year: consistent, albeit uninspired job growth in most states, and unemployment rates that were largely unchanged.
Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share
October 16, 2014 | By David Cooper | Issue BriefHow would a minimum wage increase affect utilization rates, benefit amounts, and government spending on safety net and income support programs?
September 19, 2014 | By David Cooper | Economic IndicatorsThe state and local employment and unemployment data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show modest employment growth for most states in August, although there has been slower growth in many states over the last three months than we’ve seen for most of the year.
September 18, 2014 | By David Cooper | BlogThe American Community Survey (ACS) poverty data that were released by the Census Bureau earlier today showed that poverty rates were essentially unchanged from 2012 to 2013 in virtually every state.1 Only six states had significant changes in their poverty rates: Colorado (-0.7 percentage points), New Hampshire (-1.3 percentage points), New Jersey (+0.6 percentage points), New Mexico (+1.1 percentage points), Texas (-0.4 percentage points), and Wyoming (-1.7 percentage points).
Across the States, Some Modest Improvements, But Incomes are Still Below Where They Were at the Start of the Millenium
September 18, 2014 | By David Cooper | BlogThis morning the Census Bureau released its annual report on income and poverty within states, with data from the American Community Survey (ACS).
September 16, 2014 | By David Cooper | BlogKey numbers from today’s new Census report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013. All dollar values are adjusted for inflation (2013 dollars).
Delaware’s Low-Wage Workers: Testimony of David Cooper, Senior Economic Analyst, Economic Policy Institute, before the Delaware Low-Wage Worker Task Force, August 27, 2014, Chase Center, Wilmington, Delaware
August 29, 2014 | By David Cooper | TestimonyThank you for holding this hearing and for allowing me to speak with you today. I’m going to briefly talk about what it actually costs to make ends meet in Delaware, discuss how workers are faring, give some description of Delaware’s low-wage workforce, and speak a bit about how wages in Delaware compare to several benchmarks.
August 21, 2014 | By David Cooper | Economic snapshotSome states and cities struggling to dig themselves out of post-recession job losses are suffering from additional self-inflicted wounds. State lawmakers can affect state labor markets through the budgetary choices they make about the state and local public-sector workforce.