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Worker’s expectations about losing and replacing their jobs: 35 years of change

January 27, 2015 Comments off

Worker’s expectations about losing and replacing their jobs: 35 years of change
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In a 1980 Monthly Labor Review article, I used data from 1977 and 1978 nationwide public opinion surveys to show that relatively few (7.7 percent) workers surveyed feared the loss of their jobs and a majority (59.2 percent) thought that they could find comparable work without much difficulty. Unemployment rates were 7 percent in 1977 and 6 percent in 1978.

Other findings were as follows:

+ Blacks, those with less education, workers with lower earnings, and those with lower skilled jobs tended to experience greater insecurity of employment. They were more likely to fear being laid off in the next 12 months and were more likely to anticipate difficulty in finding a comparable job.

+ By contrast, workers with more education, those with higher earnings, and those in higher skilled jobs typically expressed a greater sense of security in their present jobs and were more likely to believe that finding a comparable job would be easy.

Access to dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare

January 21, 2015 Comments off

Access to dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. labor force includes many working mothers and working fathers with dependents and children in their care. These families often enlist help, such as daycare or eldercare, to balance family and work responsibilities. But many families find it challenging to pay for the high costs of care for dependents and children. That’s where benefits such as dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare can prove helpful to working families.

This issue of Beyond the Numbers takes a look at dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare, and the rate of worker access to each of these benefits. The data show the employee access rates in 2014 for selected occupational and establishment characteristics for state and local government workers and for private industry workers.

Highlights of women’s earnings in 2013 (December 2014)

January 13, 2015 Comments off

Highlights of women’s earnings in 2013 (PDF)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2013, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $706. On average in 2013, women made 82 percent of the median weekly earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers ($860). In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women earned 62 percent of what men earned.

Employment Situation– December 2014

January 9, 2015 Comments off

Employment Situation– December 2014
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 252,000 in December, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.

The Employment Situation — November 2014

December 5, 2014 Comments off

The Employment Situation — November 2014
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 321,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains were widespread, led by growth in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing.

The Employment Situation — October 2014

November 7, 2014 Comments off

The Employment Situation — October 2014
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 214,000 in October, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, retail trade, and health care.

Female self-employment in the United States: an update to 2012

October 21, 2014 Comments off

Female self-employment in the United States: an update to 2012
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

This article uses data from the Current Population Survey to examine changes in the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of self-employed women over the 1993–2012 period. The analysis suggests that these female workers, who represented about one-third of all self-employed individuals in 2012, have weathered recessions relatively well and made considerable strides in educational attainment and earnings. In addition, they have become more diverse in terms of race, family characteristics, and health status.

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