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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 …
Policy Proposals September 28, 2022

An Industrial Policy for Good Jobs

A modern approach to industrial policy must target "good-jobs externalities" and include the service sector, Dani Rodrik argues. He proposes two specific initi…
Economic Facts September 28, 2022

Nine Facts about the Service Sector in the United States

Nine factors about the service sector illustrate recent trends in spending, employment, and inflation as the country continues to rebalance.
Posts September 8, 2022

A COVID-19 Labor Force Legacy: The Drop in Dual-Worker Families

When Katherine Lim and Ryan Nunn examine why some prime-aged workers are not participating in the labor force, caregiving stands out as an important factor.  D…
Papers September 1, 2022

Tracking the Robust Recovery in the Business Sector Since 2020

Defying expectations, the business sector appears to have weathered the COVID pandemic and found a renewed gear of dynamism in the process. This analysis looks…
Posts August 4, 2022

Can a Hot but Smaller Labor Market Keep Making Gains in Participation?

An analysis of the size and composition of the labor force identifies both populations and policies that could contribute to gains in labor force participation.
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