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

The State of Working America is EPI’s authoritative analysis of the economic conditions of America’s workers. Visit StateofWorkingAmerica.org for up-to-date numbers on the economy, updated when new data are released.


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

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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

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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

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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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State unemployment and underemployment, ages 16–24, 2016

State Unemployment rate Underemployment rate
Alabama 12.2% 20.4%
Alaska 12.2% 23.0%
Arizona 11.0% 20.0%
Arkansas 8.8% 16.0%
California 10.4% 20.7%
Colorado 6.7% 14.5%
Connecticut 10.7% 21.8%
Delaware 8.6% 16.0%
Washington D.C. 14.6% 22.9%
Florida 10.0% 18.7%
Georgia 13.5% 22.6%
Hawaii 7.1% 14.5%
Idaho 7.0% 14.1%
Illinois 14.3% 23.6%
Indiana 10.8% 18.5%
Iowa 7.2% 13.8%
Kansas 8.5% 16.5%
Kentucky 9.7% 19.3%
Louisiana 13.2% 20.9%
Maine 9.3% 18.1%
Maryland 9.9% 16.5%
Massachusetts 6.5% 15.5%
Michigan 10.7% 20.3%
Minnesota 8.1% 15.8%
Mississippi 12.8% 23.4%
Missouri 10.1% 17.1%
Montana 8.9% 15.9%
Nebraska 6.2% 10.7%
Nevada 9.8% 20.6%
New Hampshire 6.1% 14.1%
New Jersey 11.2% 20.4%
New Mexico 15.8% 25.7%
New York 10.5% 20.6%
North Carolina 12.5% 21.3%
North Dakota 6.2% 12.0%
Ohio 10.9% 18.8%
Oklahoma 12.2% 19.0%
Oregon 12.5% 23.4%
Pennsylvania 10.8% 19.5%
Rhode Island 11.4% 19.9%
South Carolina 10.6% 18.8%
South Dakota 6.8% 11.2%
Tennessee 10.1% 19.7%
Texas 10.2% 17.2%
Utah 6.1% 13.0%
Vermont 7.2% 14.8%
Virginia 9.4% 18.7%
Washington 12.4% 21.1%
West Virginia 13.6% 23.7%
Wisconsin 6.6% 13.1%
Wyoming 9.5% 16.3%


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

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Entry-level wages of male and female college graduates


Other media outlets and blogs that have covered the data include BBC News, Forbes, Gawker, Huffington Post, In These Times, MarketPlace RadioNational Journal, PoliticoReuters, Village Voice, and the Washington Post.