Employment and Unemployment

Worker Risks: “People who are unemployed stay unemployed, on average, about fifty per cent longer now than they did in the seventies, and only about half as many receive unemployment insurance as did so in 1947. Furthermore, the explosion in health-care costs means that the consequences of forfeiting company health insurance are graver than ever. So even though incomes have risen over the past three decades, they fluctuate much more than they once did. Economists estimate that income volatility is about twice what it was in the early seventies.

Some of these changes make good business sense. But cumulatively they add up to what Jacob Hacker, a political scientist at Yale, calls “the great risk shift… workers are not being compensated with higher wages for taking on all this new risk. Real wages for the eighty per cent of Americans whom the government labels “production and nonsupervisory workers” have actually fallen since 2001…the average household income is only slightly above where it was in 1973.” Surowiecki, The New Yorker, 1/06

Can My Boss Do That? Interfaith Worker Justice:work rules, hiring and firing, work safety, pay, benefits, time off, and workers’ rights

Fix My Job–Help with job problems from WorkingAmerica

Witness Wednesdays–Voices of the Unemployed, CEF

Would America Have Fewer Missing Workers if It Were More Like France? Fewer prime-age American men are in the labor force than in many other advanced countries, a possible downside of a flexible U.S. job market Irwin, NYT 6/The Long-Term Decline in Prime-Age Male Labor Force Participation CEA Report

Union Membership Data, CEPR

World Employment and Social Outlook, Trends–2016” ILO

Do Skill and School Deficits Explain Why We Don’t Have Enough Good Jobs? Stricker, 8/16

Inequalities in US Life Expectancy by Area Unemployment Level, 1990–2010, Singh & Siahpush, NCBI 3/16

Age of the Ghost Company: a couple of tech companies have become massive, but where are the jobs? Atlantic 1/16

Do We Need an “Independent Worker” Category? 12/15

The Deadliest Jobs in America, Bloomberg 5/15

ILO: Most of world’s workers have insecure jobs 5/15

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, AFL-CIO, 4/15

Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor Bui, NPR

Geography of Jobs Net Job Gains/Losses by Metropolitan Statistical Area

Listen to the Victims of the Free MarketMcArdle, Bloomberg 3/16

Dead Labor on a Dead Planet: The Inconvenient Truth of Workers’ Bladders, K. Attoh

Americans Need to Work Less, J. Schor, Big Think

Missing Men in U.S. Workforce Risk Permanent Separation, Klimasinska, Bloomberg, 9/18/14

It’s Too Soon to Celebrate the Drop in Long-Term Unemployment Casselman 7/14

The Biggest Predictor of How Long You’ll Be Unemployed Is When You Lose Your Job Casselman, 538, 4/14

New Visualizations Capture Crucial Measure of Labor Market Health, Remapping Debate

The Missing Workers–How Many Are There and Who Are They?, Shierholz, EPI

Annual State-by-State Unemployment, Underemployment 2003-2012

Make Union Organizing a Civil Right, 7/14

The Decline of American Unions:  Irrelevance, Suicide or Homicide? Zaccone F/13

Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business:The steelworkers deal that could turn the rust belt green Dean, 3/13

Global unemployment rising again but with significant differences across regions ILO, 1/13

Are ‘cultures of worklessness’ passed down the generations? Shildrick et al, Rowntree Fdtn,12/12

The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions, K. Warner, Bloomberg, 1/13

Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? Schmitt & Jones, CEPR 7/12

Occupations with the Largest Job Growth, BLS 2/12

Urban Myth: Structural Unemployment in Today’s Economy, Woo CEPR 10/12

“Near Poor” Struggling Just Above Poverty Startle the Census, NYT 11/11

World of Work Report 2011: Making Markets Work for Jobs, ILO 10/11

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America, Brookings 5/11

The Jobs Crisis: How to Solve It & Begin to Fix Our Broken Economy Goldberg & Rosenthal, New Politics, Winter 2011

The 10 industries with the largest wage and salary employment growth, 2008-18, BLS 12/09

Job search, wages, salary calculators, statistics

Where the Jobs Are: A First Look at Private Industry Job Growth and Wages in 2010, NELP 8/10

State of Working America, [Statistics, e.g.jobs]

Occupational Outlook Handbook, BLS 3/12

Have We really eliminated our Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disasters or just outsourced them? Chittum, CJR, 4/11

Ex-Offenders and the Labor Market, Schmitt & Warner, 11/10

Preservation = Jobs: Economic impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit

Unions of the States. Schmitt, EPI, 2/10

Learning from the New Deal [jobs programs], Harvey P. Harvey, 11/09

Lessons from the New Deal Public Employment Programs Nancy E. Rose

American Indians and the Great Recession–Economic Disparities Growing Larger, 12/09

In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap, Luo, NYT, 11/09

U.S. Employment Effects of Military & Domestic Spending Priorities, Pollin, Garrett-Peltier, PERI 10/09

How Much Stimulus Funding is Going to Your County? Grabell, LaFleur, Nguyen, & Larson

Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy, Pollin, Heintz, Garrett-Peltier& Scharber, PERI, 9/09

A Modern Safety Net, Boots & Martinson, 9/09

Confronting the Gloves-Off Economy: America’s Broken Labor Standards and How to Fix Them, Bernhardt, Boushey, Dresser, &Tilly, UCLA, 9/09

Jobs Lost & Gained During the Recession 12/07-6/09, Uchitelle, NYTimes 7/19/09

A Comparison of Paid Sick Day Policies in 22 Countries , CEPR 5/09 graph

Getting Laid-Off May Lead to Early Death–But There Are Ways to Cushion the Severe Health Impact of Job Loss, Jacobs, Miller-McCune 7/09

No Holds Barred: The Intensification of Employer Opposition to Organizing, Bronfenbrenner, EPI 5/09

Will Workers Be Left Behind in a Green Transition? Uehlein, Nation, 5/09

The Social and Economic Importance of Full Employment, Wray, 4/09

Unemployment and health, Editorial, BMJ 3/09

The Financial and Economic Crisis: A Decent Work Response, ILO, 3/09

Permanent Jobs Program for the U.S: Economic Restructuring to Meet Human Needs

Still Open for Business: Unionization Has No Causal Effect on Firm Closures, 3/09

Why labor law doesn’t work for workers, Bacon [EFCA], 3/09

Noted economists: The Employee Free Choice Act is needed to restore balance in the labor market, Freeman, Levy, Mishel, et al.

Dropping the Ax: Illegal Firings During Union Election Campaigns, 1951-2007, Schmitt & Zipperer, 3/09

Attracting Undocumented Migrants: Perverse Effects of U.S. Border Enforcement, F. Kaufmann, 2008

Unions & Upward Mobility for Women Workers: Gains from union membership large, even compared to benefits of college education. CEPR, 12/08

Unemployment in the 1930’s [and its mismeasurement] 10/08

Help Wanted: Too Many Workers, Not Enough Jobs, F. Stricker, 10/08

Dismal employment trends characterize 2000 business cycle EPI, 8/08

Rate Your Paycheck: Do You Earn What You Deserve? Labor &Worklife, Harvard Law

Global Economy Special Focus: Green Jobs,
World Watch Institute

A New WPA? An Introduction to the Employer of Last Resort Proposal, $ & Sense, 3/08

Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work, ILO 2008

Survey of Full Employment Advocates, Goldberg, Harvey, Ginsburg, JEI 12/07

No-Benefit Jobs Leave Parents Struggling, H. Boushey, Sojourners, S/O 07

Anxious Workers, FRBSF Economic Letter 2007-13; 6/1/07

“No Longer the Retiring Type” [graph], New York Times 9/06

The global jobs crisis: Address the growing imbalance between growth and jobs creation, Somavia, ILO 2006  

International Labour Organization [ILO] on Decent Work

Are Women Opting Out? Debunking the Myth, by Heather Boushey

Labor Market Indicators

BLS Unemployment Maps–by state, metro area, county, state employment-population ratios,

Job Quality Begins to Recover

The rising stakes of job loss: Stubborn long-term joblessness amid falling unemployment rates, Stettner & Allegretto, EPI

The Benefits of Full Employment,by Jared Bernstein (EPI) & Dean Baker (CEPR)

The 21st century workplace: Preparing for tomorrow’s employment trends today Bernstein EPI 5/05

The Changing Nature of Corporate Global Restructuring: Impact of Production Shifts on Jobs in the US, China, & Around the Globe, K. Bronfenbrenner