Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

Americans Employed Full-Time Work 47 Hour Weeks

September 2, 2014

Americans working full time work an average of 47 hours per week. Full time hourly employees work 44 hours a week. Other than a slight decline in 2003, full time employees have worked this many hours for more than a decade.



University-Educated Americans Moving to Different Cities than High-School Dropouts

June 17, 2014

This chart shows the net domestic migration between US cities from 2011 to 2012 by educational attainment. Cities like San Francisco and Seattle gained highly educated workers while losing those with high school diplomas or less, while cities like Tampa and Atlanta gained less-educated new arrivals. Large cities like New York still gained population overall via immigration, but lost domestic population.

–from The Atlantic’s CityLab¬†

Cost of Living Compared to Median Income Across the United States

May 22, 2014

The relative buying power of a dollar varies greatly across the United States, and this interactive chart shows the difference between the median income and the cost of living.

–from NPR

Women’s Employment Above Pre-Recession Peak

April 9, 2014

Employment levels for women have increased above their pre-recession peak, but men continue to find less employment than they did prior to the start of the recession.

from the Wall St Journal

Household Income During Childhood Versus Adulthood

March 19, 2014

Artists tend to come from wealthier families than doctors, but not as wealthy as those producing lawyers and financial analysts.

–from NPR

Majority of Men’s Real Wages Down over Last Forty Years

March 17, 2014

For all men below the 70th income percentile, real wages have declined since 1973, with growing disparity towards the bottom of income distribution.

–from The New York Times

US is World Leader in Guard Labor

February 17, 2014


The US employs significantly more guards than comparable countries.

–from The New York Times

Unemployment Down to 6.6%, Participation Up .1%

February 7, 2014

The unemployment rate fell .1% in January to 6.6%. The Labor Force Participation Rate rose to 63%. There were 232,000 fewer people unemployed for more than six months and 113,000 new jobs were added. For more information, see our Report.

–data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve

Nearly 1 in 20 Americans Work from Home

February 4, 2014

Telecommuting has increased from 2.3% in 1980 to 4.4% today as a share of American workers. In addition, the number of rural telecommuters has dropped significantly while large-city home work is on the rise. In other words, telecommuting has become an urban pursuit.

–from The Atlantic Cities


Minimum Wages Hikes Have Short-Term Negative Effects on Teens

January 27, 2014

US teen employment usually trends downward after a minimum wage hike, but only temporarily. In 1996, however, it continued climbing after the hike. The 2007 teen employment downturn was hugely exacerbated by the recession.

–from Idiosyncratic Whisk