Labor Shortages
Racial Justice

In the first episode of EPI’s relaunched State of Working America podcast, EPI’s Heidi Shierholz and Josh Bivens debunk the myth that “too generous” unemployment benefits are leading to a labor shortage. Listen to the episode

A loss of $10/hour in the typical worker’s compensation is the result of employers’ successful efforts to keep wage growth down over the past 40 years, according to a new EPI report. Read the report

Black workers disproportionately experienced the darkest side of 2020, both in health and labor market outcomes—a reality that was not unexpected. Taking statistics with a dose of history and context will bolster economic and racial justice for Black workers, says EPI economist Kyle Moore. Read the blog post

“There is an old-fashioned way of thinking, which is the only thing that counts as an investment in the future is tangible, a structure that you can pick up or kick,” said EPI President Thea Lee in a New York Times article. President Biden’s economic agenda “[expands] our concept of infrastructure to include human capital,” focusing on building our workforce and ensuring people receive adequate care.

EPI Research Director Josh Bivens argues that the “right” amount to spend on this agenda should be based on the cost of the needs we want to address. Read the post

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