Senior Economist and Director of Health Policy Research
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Closing the pay gap and beyond: A brief explanation of the motivation behind EPI’s Women’s Economic Agenda
November 18, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogClosing the gender wage gap is absolutely essential to helping women achieve economic security. But to bring genuine economic success to American women and their families, we must do more. The gender wage gap is only one way the economy shortchanges women.
November 6, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogWhile the topline employment number for October is quite encouraging, other indicators continue to paint a picture of a plateaued economy, particularly the fact that there has been no growth in prime-age employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) this year.
November 6, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsThis morning’s BLS employment situation report shows the economy added 271,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.0 percent.
November 5, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogOn Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the October numbers on the state of the labor market. As usual, I will be looking closely at nominal wage growth.
November 5, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Issue BriefDespite the crucial nature of their work, child care workers’ job quality does not seem to be valued in today’s economy. They are among the country’s lowest-paid workers, and seldom receive job-based benefits such as health insurance and pensions.
October 16, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogToday’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report shows there has been little change in the labor market for America’s workers.
October 7, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Economic SnapshotWhen you compare the cost of child care to minimum wages across the nation, it becomes apparent just how difficult it is for families living off of a minimum-wage income to afford child care.
October 2, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogToday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation report showed the economy added a disappointing 142,000 jobs in September, bringing average monthly job creation to 198,000 in 2015—a rate slower than 2014.
September 30, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogOn Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the September numbers on the state of the labor market. I will be watching for upward revisions to August’s employment numbers, which came in lower than expected.
September 11, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogNext week, the Census Bureau will release its estimates of the number of Americans who lived in poverty in 2014. The official poverty measure is an important metric—particularly since it’s been in place for nearly 50 years, and its measurement methodology hasn’t had major revisions over that time.
September 9, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogToday’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report corroborates last week’s jobs report, which continued to provide evidence that the economy is at best moving at a slow jog, with meager wage growth and employment growth that’s just keeping up with the growth in the working age population.
The Bottom Line of this Jobs Report: The Fed Should Hold the Line and Let the Economy Continue to Recover
September 4, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogThe official unemployment rate (the U3) is only one data point—one that doesn’t include workers who have left the labor force because of weak opportunities or workers who want to be working full-time but can only get part-time work.
September 4, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Jobs PictureAs kids head back to school, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that payroll employment increased by only 173,000 in August—lower than recent months, which were already showing slower growth than last year.
September 3, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogUnfortunately, a serious look at the economy suggests slow growth, and not a hint of acceleration—making a rate hike terribly premature.
September 1, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Economic SnapshotAs Labor Day approaches, about a quarter (24 percent) of private sector workers will not be enjoying a paid day off on Monday. A similar number (23 percent) earn no paid vacation time.
Slow Wage Growth is Certainly Not a Sign of the “Some Further Improvement” Needed for the Fed to Raise Rates
August 7, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogArguably, the most important measure for the Federal Reserve as they decide whether to raise rates in September is nominal average hourly earnings.
August 7, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogMy former colleague, Heidi Shierholz, used to call the prime-age employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) her desert island measure, if she could only take one with her.
News from EPI › Fed Decisions Should Be Data Driven. The Data Indicate it’s Not Time to Raise Rates.
August 7, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Jobs PictureAll throughout its discussions of if and when they will raise interest rates, Federal Reserve officials have insisted that their decisions will be “data driven.” This is, of course, the right approach.
August 6, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogThe White House is reportedly considering an executive order that would require that federal contractors provide their employees with seven days of paid sick leave.
August 6, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogTomorrow, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly jobs report, we’ll be looking at what the Federal Reserve should pay attention to as they debate whether or not to raise interest rates at the next FOMC meeting in September.