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A collection of graphic representations of data by CEPR researchers on important economic issues.

Involuntary Part-Time Employment as a Share of Total Employment Print

October 3, 2014

While the number of people involuntarily working part-time fell by 174,000 in September, it is still extraordinarily high given the unemployment rate. As a percent of the labor force it is still far above the level at any point in the last recession or even at the start of 1994 when the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent.


Post-Recession Employment Growth for Men Age 25-54 Print

September 5, 2014

The remarkably weak GDP growth in this recovery is consistent with the extraordinarily weak job growth. While many have tried to explain the weakness on demographics, even if we restrict the focus to prime age men, employment is performing far worse than in prior recoveries. More on the latest employment data in this month's Jobs Byte.



Change in Employment by Age, 2007-2014 Print

August 1, 2014

Workers over age 55 accounted for all the reported employment growth in July, with an increase in employment of 159,000 compared to 131,000 overall. However, their 43.4 percent share of employment growth over the last year is considerably less than it had been earlier in the recovery.


Year-Over-Year- Change in Personal Health Care Expenditure Print

July 30, 2014

After a reported drop in the first quarter, health care costs grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate. They stand just 3.0 percent above their year-ago level. While there were likely some errors in the data leading to a sharp reported rise in spending in the fourth quarter of 2013, followed by a nominal drop last quarter, taken together these numbers indicate there was no surge in spending associated with the implementation of Obamacare.


Average Hourly Earnings of Production and Non-supervisory Workers Print

July 3, 2014

The average hourly earnings of production and non-supervisory workers has risen at a 2.3 percent rate over the last year, compared to an increase of 2.0 percent for all workers. This continues a pattern in wage growth that we have seen throughout the recovery with wages of production workers rising more rapidly than wages of supervisory workers, who tend to be better educated.


For more, read our latest Jobs Byte.


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