The State of Working America, 12th edition: Coming Tuesday, Sept. 11

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Aug. 29: Unions, inequality, and faltering middle-class wages

Figure AFigure A (continued)

Union coverage rate in the United States, 1973–2011

Source: Author's analysis of Hirsch and Macpherson (2003) and updates from the Union Membership and Coverage Database

 


July 24: U.S. poverty rates higher, safety net weaker than in peer countries

Figure DFigure D (continued)

Child poverty rate in selected developed countries, 2009

Note: The child poverty rate is the share of children living in households with income below half of household-size-adjusted median income.

Source: Adamson (2012, Figure 1b)


May 24: Labor force participation: Cyclical versus structural changes since the start of the Great Recession


May 2: CEO pay and the top 1%: How executive compensation and financial-sector pay have fueled income inequality

Figure AFigure A (continued)

CEO-to-worker compensation ratio, with options granted and options realized,1965–2011

Note: "Options granted" compensation series includes salary, bonus, restricted stock grants, options granted, and long-term incentive payouts for CEOs at the top 350 firms ranked by sales. "Options exercised" compensation series includes salary, bonus, restricted stock grants, options exercised, and long-term incentive payouts for CEOs at the top 350 firms ranked by sales.

Sources: Authors' analysis of data from Compustat ExecuComp database, Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics program, and Bureau of Economic Analysis National Income and Product Accounts Tables


April 26: The wedges between productivity and median compensation growth

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Labor force participation rates by age, 2000–2016

16-24 25-54 55+
Jan-2000 66.1% 84.4% 32.3%
Feb-2000 66 84.4 32.4
Mar-2000 65.9 84.3 32.4
Apr-2000 66.3 84.4 32.2
May-2000 65.7 84.1 32.2
Jun-2000 66 84.1 32.2
Jul-2000 65 83.9 32.3
Aug-2000 65.8 83.8 32.5
Sep-2000 65.8 83.7 32.4
Oct-2000 65.8 83.6 32.4
Nov-2000 65.6 83.8 32.3
Dec-2000 65.9 83.9 32.6
Jan-2001 66.1 84.1 32.8
Feb-2001 65.6 84.1 32.7
Mar-2001 65.7 84.1 32.8
Apr-2001 65.1 83.7 33
May-2001 64 83.8 33
Jun-2001 64.3 83.6 33.1
Jul-2001 64.3 83.6 33.2
Aug-2001 63.2 83.5 33.4
Sep-2001 64.5 83.5 33.5
Oct-2001 64.2 83.6 33.5
Nov-2001 64.3 83.5 33.6
Dec-2001 63.7 83.7 33.8
Jan-2002 62.9 83.5 33.8
Feb-2002 63.5 83.7 34.1
Mar-2002 64.0 83.5 33.8
Apr-2002 63.3 83.6 34.2
May-2002 63.5 83.6 34.4
Jun-2002 63.4 83.2 34.6
Jul-2002 63.3 83.1 34.7
Aug-2002 63.3 83.2 34.8
Sep-2002 63.5 83.3 35.2
Oct-2002 62.9 83.2 35.1
Nov-2002 62.9 82.9 35.0
Dec-2002 62.7 83.1 34.9
Jan-2003 62.4 82.9 35.5
Feb-2003 62.3 83 35.5
Mar-2003 61.4 83.1 35.5
Apr-2003 61.9 83.2 35.5
May-2003 61.9 83.1 35.6
Jun-2003 62.2 83.3 35.6
Jul-2003 61.5 83 35.5
Aug-2003 61.1 83 35.7
Sep-2003 61.4 82.8 35.6
Oct-2003 61 82.9 35.8
Nov-2003 61 82.8 36.1
Dec-2003 60.5 82.8 36
Jan-2004 61.5 82.8 36
Feb-2004 61 82.7 36.2
Mar-2004 60.6 82.8 36.3
Apr-2004 61.3 82.7 35.8
May-2004 61.1 82.8 36
Jun-2004 60.9 82.9 36.2
Jul-2004 61.3 83 36.1
Aug-2004 61.1 82.7 36.4
Sep-2004 60.6 82.7 36.3
Oct-2004 61.6 82.6 36.2
Nov-2004 61.3 82.7 36.5
Dec-2004 61.2 82.6 36.6
Jan-2005 60.8 82.7 36.3
Feb-2005 60.6 82.8 36.7
Mar-2005 60.8 82.6 36.6
Apr-2005 60.7 82.7 37.2
May-2005 60.8 82.9 37.1
Jun-2005 60.8 82.6 37.2
Jul-2005 60.7 82.8 37.3
Aug-2005 60.8 82.9 37.5
Sep-2005 60.6 82.9 37.6
Oct-2005 60.9 82.7 37.6
Nov-2005 61.1 82.7 37.4
Dec-2005 60.4 82.7 37.6
Jan-2006 60.2 82.8 37.6
Feb-2006 60.9 82.9 37.5
Mar-2006 60.6 83 37.6
Apr-2006 60.3 82.8 38
May-2006 60.5 82.8 37.9
Jun-2006 60.6 82.8 38
Jul-2006 60.5 83 38
Aug-2006 61 82.9 38.1
Sep-2006 60.2 82.9 38.3
Oct-2006 60.6 82.9 38.3
Nov-2006 60.8 83 38.4
Dec-2006 60.9 83.1 38.5
Jan-2007 60.7 83.4 38
Feb-2007 60.2 83.2 38.3
Mar-2007 60 83.2 38.5
Apr-2007 59.2 83 38.2
May-2007 58.7 83 38.6
Jun-2007 59.6 82.9 38.7
Jul-2007 59 82.9 38.9
Aug-2007 58.2 82.9 38.8
Sep-2007 59.5 82.8 38.9
Oct-2007 59.2 82.7 38.7
Nov-2007 59.6 82.9 38.9
Dec-2007 59.2 83.1 38.9
Jan-2008 59.5 83.3 39.1
Feb-2008 58.3 83.2 39.2
Mar-2008 58.4 83.3 39.3
Apr-2008 58.8 83.1 39
May-2008 59.9 83.1 39
Jun-2008 59.2 83.1 39.2
Jul-2008 59.1 83.1 39.5
Aug-2008 58.8 83.2 39.7
Sep-2008 58.8 83.1 39.5
Oct-2008 58.6 83 39.9
Nov-2008 57.9 83 39.9
Dec-2008 58.2 82.8 40
Jan-2009 57.4 82.8 40
Feb-2009 58.1 82.8 39.9
Mar-2009 57.7 82.6 39.9
Apr-2009 57.9 82.8 39.8
May-2009 57.5 82.9 40.2
Jun-2009 57.5 82.9 40.1
Jul-2009 57.2 82.8 40
Aug-2009 56.7 82.8 40
Sep-2009 56.1 82.5 39.9
Oct-2009 55.4 82.5 39.9
Nov-2009 55.6 82.4 40
Dec-2009 55.3 82 39.9
Jan-2010 54.9 82.4 40
Feb-2010 55.2 82.3 40.1
Mar-2010 55.3 82.4 40.2
Apr-2010 55.9 82.6 40.3
May-2010 55.5 82.3 40.4
Jun-2010 54.7 82.2 40.3
Jul-2010 55.1 81.9 40.4
Aug-2010 55.5 82 40.5
Sep-2010 54.8 82 40.4
Oct-2010 55.2 81.8 40
Nov-2010 55.4 82 40.1
Dec-2010 54.7 81.9 40.2
Jan-2011 55.3 81.7 39.9
Feb-2011 54.9 81.6 40
Mar-2011 55.1 81.7 40
Apr-2011 54.8 81.7 40.2
May-2011 54.5 81.7 40.2
Jun-2011 54.4 81.7 40.2
Jul-2011 54.2 81.4 40.2
Aug-2011 55.1 81.6 40.3
Sep-2011 55.3 81.5 40.6
Oct-2011 55.6 81.3 40.6
Nov-2011 55.4 81.5 40.4
Dec-2011 55.2 81.6 40.3
Jan-2012 54.6 81.6 40.1
Feb-2012 55 81.5 40.4
Mar-2012 54.7 81.5 40.5
Apr-2012 54.7 81.4 40.3
May-2012 54.8 81.4 40.5
Jun-2012 55 81.5 40.6
Jul-2012 55.1 81.4 40.2
Aug-2012 54.3 81.4 40.4
Sep-2012 54.7 81.5 40.4
Oct-2012 55.2 81.6 40.7
Nov-2012 55.2 81.2 40.7
Dec-2012 55.2 81.4 40.7
Jan-2013 55.6 81.1 40.7
Feb-2013 55.1 81.1 40.6
Mar-2013 54.4 81 40.4
Apr-2013 55.1 81 40.4
May-2013 54.8 81.2 40.4
Jun-2013 55.4 81.1 40.5
Jul-2013 55.2 81.2 40.2
Aug-2013 55.1 81 40.4
Sep-2013 55.5 81 40.1
Oct-2013 54.8 80.6 40.1
Nov-2013 54.7 81 39.9
Dec-2013 54.7 80.8 39.9
Jan-2014 54.6 81 39.8
Feb-2014 54.3 81.1 40.1
Mar-2014 55.6 81.2 39.9
Apr-2014 54.5 80.8 39.9
May-2014 54.9 80.7 40
Jun-2014 54.6 80.9 40
Jul-2014 55.3 80.8 40.1
Aug-2014 54.7 81.1 39.9
Sep-2014 55.2 80.8 39.9
Oct-2014 56 80.9 40
Nov-2014 55.5 80.8 40.1
Dec-2014 54.9 80.9 39.9
Jan-2015 55 81.1 40
Feb-2015 55.4 81 39.7
Mar-2015 54.8 80.9 39.9
Apr-2015 54.5 81 40.1
May-2015 55.5 81 39.9
Jun-2015 55.1 80.7 39.9
Jul-2015 54.9 80.7 40.1
Aug-2015 55.3 80.7 39.8
Sep-2015 54.5 80.6 39.7
Oct-2015 54.8 80.8 39.9
Nov-2015 54.6 80.8 40
Dec-2015 55.6 80.9 39.8
Jan-2016 54.9 81.1 40
Feb-2016 55.5 81.2 40.1
Mar-2016 55.4 81.4 40.1
Apr-2016 55.2 81.2 40.1
May-2016 55.1 81 39.7
Jun-2016 55 81.2 40
Jul-2016 54.9 81.2 40.3
Aug-2016 55.6 81.3 40
Sep-2016 55.3 81.5 40
Oct-2016 54.9 81.6 40
Nov-2016 55.1 81.4 39.9


March 7: Entry-level workers’ wages fell in lost decade

Figure BFigure B (continued)

Entry-level wages of male and female college graduates


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