PRICES & SPENDING • Sep 2019 • Volume 8 / Number 12
How does consumer spending differ among households in California, Texas, and New York? A new BLS data product can tell us
For the first time, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data users can now explore consumer spending by state. This Beyond the Numbers article shows some ways that new CE information can be used. By focusing on the 2017 state expenditure profiles for California, Texas, and New York, we will explore how expenditure patterns differ among the households of these states.Read full article » | Download PDF
Men who do not work during their prime years: What do the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth data reveal?
The labor force participation rate of prime-working-age men (ages 25 to 54) has been mostly falling since the late 1960s, with steeper declines during recessionary periods.
Time spent not working has implications for future job and earnings potential, as well as for the well-being of the individual and his family.
In recent years, the nature of the worker–employer dynamic has changed in many ways. One change is a shift from a continuous work agreement with no foreseeable end to a relationship that is finite and that encompasses a single-task, short-term contract, or freelance work. These workers, henceforth called independent workers, face unique challenges in terms of workplace safety.
Multiple studies exist that trace the increase in part-time employment in the United States. Some studies attempt to measure the pay gap between full-time and part-time workers, but little research exists that addresses the type of work performed by part-time workers and how the skills required in the job may have changed over time. For example part-time warehouse workers may be assigned more strenuous jobs than their full-time counterparts. Part-time receptionist jobs may involve only answering phones and routing calls while full-time receptionists may involve more complex interpersonal interactions.