In 2016, wages for low-wage workers rose faster in states that increased their minimum wage than in states that saw no minimum wage increase.
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the American Health Care Act. The bottom line is that the number of uninsured Americans will grow by 24 million by the year 2026 if it is passed.
It’s important to keep this steady improvement in mind as we assess economic progress moving forward. No policymaker should be allowed to claim credit for improvements that are simply a continuation of a trend.
Today’s jobs report, which showed the economy adding 235,000 jobs in February, is notable for being the first BLS report of the Trump administration.
No policymaker should be allowed to claim credit for improvements that are simply a continuation of a trend. Conversely, failure to deliver still lower unemployment in the coming years should be seen as a policy mistake
Rising wage inequality has been a defining feature of the American economy for nearly four decades. In 2016, with an improving economy, most workers at all income and educational levels finally began to see an increase in wages. But large gaps in equality by gender, race, and wage level remain, and some of these gaps are increasing.
A full menu of work–family policies ranging from paid family leave to affordable child care could go a long way in making it easier for women with children to enter or stay in the labor force.
As we stand together this week in solidarity with women of all backgrounds, it is crucial to remember that women, on average, face a pay penalty compared to men.
Wednesday, March 8th is “A Day Without a Woman,” a national day of action where women and allies will strike from paid work, refrain from domestic work, and boycott certain businesses.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that the economy added 227,000 jobs in January, capping off more than six years of steady job growth under President Obama.
By all measures, the labor market is on the road to (but not yet arrived at) full employment. Further, the economy the Trump administration has inherited shows no obvious risks like a wildly overvalued stock or housing market, as such there’s no particular reason to expect it to be thrown off track.
While there is no silver bullet to end gender and racial pay disparities, ensuring that workers can use the legal system to receive equal pay for equal work is crucial.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to present some key facts on 1A, a new NPR news program, about the state of black America. Drawing heavily upon research by my colleague Valerie Wilson and her co-author William Rodgers III, I reported on the economy for black workers and the overall disparities that remain, and, in some cases, continue to worsen. Since that hour went by fast (and you might have missed it), I want to reiterate some of those points briefly here.
EPI economist Elise Gould appeared on WAMU’s 1A where she discussed the financial, political, and cultural changes black Americans have experienced in recent years.
As thousands of women gather on the National Mall to advocate for women’s rights, here’s one issue that policymakers can address: wage growth.
Due to an executive order by President Obama, all federal contractors with new contracts (or renewals) after January 1, 2017 are required to provide paid sick leave to theirs employees.
Today’s jobs report gives us an opportunity to compare how the economy is treating Americans today compared with December 2007, when the recession began.
This morning’s jobs report shows that the economy added 156,000 jobs in December 2016. The December report lets us look at 2016 as a whole.
It remains to be seen what, if anything, President-elect Trump will do to strengthen the economy for working people. On net, it could go either way. But all measures, the next president is inheriting an economy far stronger than the last and one that, if left alone, will continue to heal.
There are multiple scenarios for the unemployment rate over the next year as the labor market operates under incoming President Donald Trump. Here’s a look at three crucial factors in determining the outcome.
Most Americans have finally started to feel the benefits of the recovery, but there's more work to do.
Please don’t be distracted by the drop in the unemployment rate today to 4.6 percent—which, incidentally, fell largely because of a drop in labor force participation.
December 2, 2016 | By Elise Gould
| Economic Indicators
Today’s jobs report shows that the economy continues to move in the right direction. Payroll employment increased by 178,000 jobs, and nominal wages grew 2.5 percent over the year.
Friday is the last Jobs Report before the Federal Reserve’s final meeting of the year, when they decide whether to hold the course or raise rates.
EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould delivered the following testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia Subcommittee on Workforce on November 29, 2016.
There was some good news in this morning’s Employment Situation Report. The economy added 161,000 new jobs in October—enough to bring in players off the bench.
Amidst lots of questions about the economy heading into the presidential election next week, I thought it would be appropriate to provide a brief analysis of where the economy is today.
Progress on closing the gap between men’s and women’s wages in the U.S. economy has been glacially slow in recent decades—and gender wage parity has become a top priority for those committed to ensuring the economic security of American women.
Working women are paid less than working men. A large body of research accounts for, diagnoses, and investigates this “gender pay gap.” But this literature often becomes unwieldy for lay readers, and because pay gaps are political topics, ideological agendas often seep quickly into discussions.
With the September employment data in hand, we can look at the number of teachers who are starting work or going back to school this year.