Category Archives: Labor

The Spread of Right to Work, 1943-2014

Interactive map of Right-To-Work adoption. From “The Union Difference: Labor and American Inequality,” Dissent (March 2014) Learn About Tableau

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McRecovery

crossposted from Dissent The August jobs report was unremarkable, both for the middling numbers (169,000 new jobs in August and downward revisions to the June and July reports) and for the continuation of a couple of troubling trends. Unemployment ticked down a … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Mortgages

One of the simplest and starkest measures of growing inequality lies in the juxtaposition of blue collar earnings with costs of sustaining a middle-class standard of living. Wages for most Americans and incomes for most American families have slipped or … Continue reading

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The Arc of Inequality

crossposted from Dissent If pressed to reduce the last century of economic history into one graphic, I would go with something like this. The blue line traces the rise and decline of organized labor since the end of the First … Continue reading

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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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The Good Jobs Deficit

cross posted from Dissent The recent job actions and “Black Friday” protests at Walmart underscored the dismal wages and working conditions of many of the nation’s retail workers. Walmart hasn’t staked out some low-wage, no-benefit margin of the labor market: … Continue reading

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Patterns in Long Term Unemployment

We are now three years and counting into the recovery, but the unemployment picture is still grim.  The issue here is not just the unemployment rate’s agonizingly slow descent, but the continuing crisis of long-term unemployment.  Between a third and … Continue reading

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The Manufacturing Jobs Score in the States

In the context of extensive discussion of “the jobs score” under Republican and Democratic  presidents, the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and Iowa Policy Project (IPP) today released an analysis of manufacturing jobs growth (or decline) in each state across the … Continue reading

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Real Hourly Wage Growth: The Last (Lost) Generation

with Larry Mishel, cross-posted from EPI, Working Economics blog The last generation has been marked by a stark disconnect between productivity growth (up 80 percent between 1973 and 2011) and slow or stunted wage growth. The real hourly wages of … Continue reading

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Labor’s Falling Share

We often think of inequality in terms of the distribution of real wages—the long stagnation of the median, steady losses for less-educated workers, the 80th and 90th percentile pulling away from the rest. But an important backdrop to this is … Continue reading

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