April 18, 2014 |
While the March state employment and unemployment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed positive developments, a number of states are still suffering from a weak economic recovery.
March 12, 2014 |
One common myth perpetuated by opponents of raising the minimum wage is that increasing it will mostly benefit young workers who will use the money to support discretionary spending.
March 4, 2014 |
Last week my colleague, Rob Scott, published a report highlighting the impact of ongoing currency manipulation on employment in the United States.
February 18, 2014 |
Though six years have passed since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007 and four-and-a-half years since its official end in June 2009, U.S.
February 14, 2014 |
Prepared testimony by Douglas Hall, Director of EARN, to the Economics Matters Committee
To: Economics Matters Committee
From: Douglas Hall, Director of EARN
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Re: In support of HB 295 – The Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014
Chairman Davis, Vice-Chair Rudolph, and Members of the Economic Matters Committee:
I appreciate the opportunity to testify in support of HB 295, The Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014.
February 12, 2014 |
Does increasing the minimum wage lead to job losses? What does economics literature say?
Based on the economic multiplier effect that results from putting additional income in the hands of lower-income workers, raising the minimum wage will likely have a modest but positive impact on job creation, leading to an additional 85,000 net new jobs when fully phased in.
December 20, 2013 |
November’s state employment data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics closes out the year with relatively positive news for most states.
November 22, 2013 |
The October 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics state employment data released this morning shows the ongoing challenges faced in most regions of the country, as slow employment growth continues to take a toll on the workforce.
September 20, 2013 |
The August 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics state employment data released this morning continues to reflect national patterns showing a long road to full recovery.
September 20, 2013 |
The results of the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS), released by the U.S. Census Bureau, show the lingering effects of the Great Recession, and further evidence of a recovery that has been both too slow and too tentative.
September 5, 2013 |
States with highly educated workers have substantially higher median wages than those with less educational attainment (as measured by the share of the workforce with a bachelor’s degree or more education).
August 19, 2013 |
The July 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics state employment data released this morning echoes the national employment data for July, with continued but very slow employment growth and an economic recovery so weak that it will take several years to return to pre-recession employment rates.
June 28, 2013 |
Early Thursday, the New York City council successfully overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a bill giving New York workers access to paid sick leave, at long last.
June 21, 2013 |
State level data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows which states have struggled the most to return to pre-recession employment levels.
June 17, 2013 |
Friday’s infographic from Stateline at the Pew Charitable Trusts shows year-over-year job creation at the state level. We track state-level job trends at the Economic Policy Institute also, paying particular attention to trends in job creation and state unemployment rates.
May 21, 2013 |
Five years after the beginning of the Great Recession the unemployment rate for some minority workers is significantly higher than that for white workers in a number of states, including Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
May 17, 2013 |
Earlier this month, the national jobs report was released, revealing the ongoing disaster resulting from a persistently weak economic recovery. Today’s release of state employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics helps identify the states that face the most grave economic challenges more than five years after the beginning of the Great Recession.
April 19, 2013 |
Today’s release of state employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics echoes the disappointing national report earlier this month, reinforcing the fact that more than five years after the beginning of the Great Recession, there is still a long way to go before the labor market finds its way to solid terrain.
March 29, 2013 |
Today’s release of state employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to show broad improvement in employment throughout all regions of the country during the month of February.
March 18, 2013 |
Monthly state employment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show continued signs of employment growth throughout all regions of the country.
March 13, 2013 |
For newer research on the impacts of increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10, see Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Lift Wages for Millions and Provide a Modest Economic Boost, released December 19, 2013.
March 5, 2013 |
Following the President’s expression of support for a $9.00 minimum wage, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Congressman George Miller (D-California) sent out a press release indicating their support for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 (this proposal follows their 2012 effort to pass legislation supporting a $9.80 minimum wage).
February 14, 2013 |
Of the many proposals in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the one that seems to be receiving the most attention (especially in the Twitterverse) is President Obama’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour by 2015.
February 13, 2013 |
Last night’s State of the Union address laid the foundation for important policy initiatives, from investing in infrastructure and early care and education to prioritizing the creation of more manufacturing jobs.
February 7, 2013 |
Reviving U.S. manufacturing requires eliminating a jobs-destroying U.S. trade deficit in goods by ending currency manipulation and investing in a series of coordinated manufacturing policies. This would have myriad benefits for trade, jobs, and public budgets in the United States and in Ohio, one of the nation’s preeminent manufacturing states.
January 31, 2013 |
Amid signs that the Maryland economy is slowly improving, lower-income earners continue to struggle. Maryland has now gained back more than four of every five jobs lost during the recession, yet population growth since December 2007 means that the state needs to create more than 180,000 jobs just to get back to the unemployment rate preceding the recession.1 Raising Maryland’s minimum wage would put much-needed money in the pockets of Maryland’s low-income workers, particularly important in a state where low wages (i.e., wages at the 20th percentile) declined by a nation-leading $1.20 between 2009 and 2011.2 Senator Robert J.
January 18, 2013 |
Monthly state employment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that states throughout the country reflect the trends evident in the national economy.
December 21, 2012 |
Between August 2012 to November 2012, 12 states experienced declines in overall employment, compared with 10 in last month’s report, but down from 22 in the August report.
November 20, 2012 |
Monthly state employment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the economy making up lost ground across all regions of the country. The number of states in which overall employment is down in the preceding three-month period continues to decline.
November 15, 2012 |
A state-by-state examination finds that income inequality has grown in most parts of the country since the late 1970s. Over the past three business cycles prior to 2007, the incomes of the country’s highest-income households climbed substantially, while middle- and lower-income households saw only modest increases.