Archive for the ‘Jobs’ Category

Congressman Todd Young gets it wrong: Obama is not a job killer–not in the US–not in Indiana

October 26th, 2016

“It’s a real job killer…It’s no wonder we’re not growing more jobs in this country.” So spoke Indiana Republican Congressman Todd Young last week referring to the employment impact of the Affordable Care Act. To be clear, in the interest of sanity, I don’t listen to every debate, but I happen to be driving around… Read more

More on the non-mystery of non-work: Germany v. US

October 23rd, 2016

I spent a few minutes on Twitter today tweeting out some figures and links relevant to this issue of non-work among prime-age adults (25-54 year olds). The issue is getting a ton of attention, well-deserved, for sure, but why now (this NYT survey provides a useful summary, though as Dean Baker points out, women’s employment… Read more

Rock Steady: Job market in steady groove, closing in on full emp (but not there yet)

October 7th, 2016

Payrolls rose 156,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly as more workers came into the steadily improving job market, which continues to close in on full employment, with no signs of overheating. Most importantly, a) the steady progress appears to be pulling some of the missing workforce back into the job market, and… Read more

The non-mystery of declining employment rates for prime-age workers

September 7th, 2016

Allow me to pile on alongside Dean Baker on this alleged mystery-of-the-missing-men, the theme of an NPR story that Dean critiques. There’s little mystery here: the driving factor is the loss of employment opportunities, or what economists call weak labor demand, particularly for non-college-educated, prime-age (25-54) workers. It’s not the only factor, but it’s the… Read more