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Posts October 24, 2023

Have workers gotten a raise?

A comprehensive evaluation of real pay changes since the pandemic looks at pay measures, inflation effects, and the distributional breakdown.
Papers October 5, 2023

A primer on SNAP work requirements

An explainer on work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) summarizes the research on…
Posts September 26, 2023

The coming end of federal child care funding threatens working mothers’ gains

Women have made impressive gains in the labor market, but if Congress fails to allocate additional funding for the sector, work will be more difficult for mill…
Posts August 30, 2023

Prime-Age Women Are Going Above and Beyond in the Labor Market Recovery

The greatest contributors to the post-pandemic rebound in labor force participation are prime-age women–remarkably, those with young children.
Papers August 1, 2023

Deteriorating Household Finances Will Not Support Strong Spending

An analysis of household finances finds that Americans face a financial choice: slow down their spending or take on more debt.
Posts April 4, 2023

Who’s Missing from the Post-Pandemic Labor Force?

An analysis backcasts census population revision in order to create a more informative point of comparison for the current size of the workforce and labor forc…
Posts November 3, 2022

The Labor Market Needs to Soften—but Not as Much as Some Think

Two measures suggest different gaps between the current strength in the labor market and what a more sustainable level would be. This analysis finds that the r…
Posts October 27, 2022

A Closer Look at a Hot Labor Market

In this economic analysis, we use the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the degree to …
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