Category Archives: Iowa

State of the Unions

cross-posted from Dissent It hasn’t been a good year for American organized labor. Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual estimate of union membership in the United States. The graphic below summarizes the major trends, drawing on the work … Continue reading

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Coming Up For Air: October 2012 update

Once again, here’s the monster graph of postwar recessions, with data for the current recession update through to the September 2012 job numbers.  Its a mixed bag: On one hand, we are still a long way underwater, especially since the … Continue reading

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The future’s so bright, I gotta wear . . . a hairnet

One of the most troubling trends of the last business cycle is the continued decline in good jobs.  As colleagues at the National Employment Project have ably documented (here and updated here), job losses during the recession were concentrated in … Continue reading

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Unemployment and Underemployment since 2002

As dismal as the unemployment rate (peaking nationally at 10 percent in October 2009 and now stuck at over 8 percent) has been in recent years, it does not capture the extent of the damage done by the recession.  Understated … Continue reading

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The Decline of Job-Based Health Care

One of the central features of health reform since the 1970s–including the Affordable Care Act–has been its reliance on a foundation of job-based coverage.  But that foundation is crumbling, undermined by both the growing costs of health care (to workers … Continue reading

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Iowa Wages, 1979-2011

This graph shows the trend in Iowa wages since 1979. The wages are filtered by sex, and by percentile. All wages are expressed in real (inflation adjusted) dollars. The median (50th percentile) wage is the point at which half of … Continue reading

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Iowa Unemployment, 2006-2012

This map shows the unemployment rate by county in Iowa. Use the slider or arrows to move from month to month; mouse over the map to see county names. Based on Iowa’s peak-to-trough job numbers, the recession here started in … Continue reading

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Coming up for Air: Job Loss and Recovery in Postwar Recessions (updated August 2012)

This is, by now, a pretty familiar visual.  But it does drive home the exceptional depth and duration of the recession that began in 2007. Even if the national economy adds 208,00 jobs per month (the average monthly rate for … Continue reading

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Iowa’s Postwar Recessions

Compares job gain and loss during the current (recent) recession and recovery, to the same for other postwar recessions Monthly job numbers for Iowa from The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, The Recession in Perspective

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