Category Archives: states

Occupational Wages, by State

The state-level research series of the Occupational Employment Statistics provides some revealing comparisons, across states, of occupational wages.  The map shows the regional patterns with, unsurprisingly, wages generally lower in southern states and in less urbanized settings.  The “bar and … Continue reading

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Jobs Gained and Lost, 1995-2014

cross posted from CEPR Blog This graphic below traces almost twenty years (January 1995 to February 2014) of gains and losses in US manufacturing, finance, and public employment. Job growth (or loss) is indexed, with three choices for a base … Continue reading

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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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States of Recession

cross-posted from CEPR Blog The graphic below plots monthly jobs for every state, for the last four business cycles. The lines start 3 months prior to the onset of the recessions beginning in 1981, 1990, 2001 and 2007. Job losses … 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 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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The Geography of Inequality

Income inequality varies starkly by place. This is especially true (and damaging) at the metropolitan scale, where segregation by income–the isolation of both the poor and the rich–is deepening. In 1970 only 15 percent of American families lived in neighborhoods … 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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Metroland, Middletown, and Lowroadistan: Low Wage Workers by State

This graph builds on the work (and data) of Rebecca Thiess, The Future of Work: Trends and Challenges for Low-Wage Workers (EPI, April 2012), whose Table 2 (reworked here) breaks down each state’s workforce into shares based on multiples of … 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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