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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The number of federal wage and hour investigations of farms hit record low in 2023: Wage and Hour Division investigations of agricultural employers, fiscal years 2000–2023

Fiscal Year Inspections of agricultural employers
2000 2,431
2001 2,300
2002 2,176
2003 1,495
2004 1,630
2005 1,449
2006 1,410
2007 1,666
2008 1,600
2009 1,377
2010 1,277
2011 1,527
2012 1,659
2013 1,673
2014 1,430
2015 1,361
2016 1,275
2017 1,307
2018 1,076
2019 1,125
2020 1,036
2021 1,000
2022 879
2023 831


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

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Entry-level wages of male and female college graduates


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