Archive for the ‘Jobs’ Category

Jobs report: Solid jobs gains in January and a focus on wages (yes, they’re up, but no overheating in sight)

February 3rd, 2017

The US job market continues to deliver solid job gains, as the nation’s payrolls rose 227,000 last month, the strongest month for payroll gains since last September. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.8 percent, due largely to an increase in labor force participation, a positive indicator of more workers drawn into the improving… Read more

Inequality, technology, globalization, and the false assumptions that sustain current inequities

December 22nd, 2016

Here’s a great interview with inequality scholar Branko Milanovic wherein he brings a much-needed historical and international perspective to the debate (h/t: C. Marr). Many of Branko’s points are familiar to my readers: yes, increased trade has upsides, for both advanced and emerging economies. But it’s not hard to find significant swaths hurt by globalization,… Read more