EPI Research (Page 18)

  • Measuring Poverty in America: Science or Politics?

    April 2002

    Who is poor in America? Beginning in the late 1960s, the federal government has tried to answer that question with an annual poverty count. Politicians and pundits alike await the government’s numbers, now published each September. The shape of the September numbers and the interpretive stories accompanying their release frequently affect the election debate in November. Although most people recognize that poverty measurement is subjective and[…]
  • The Economic Well-Being of Low-Income Working Families

    March 2002

    Who is poor in America? Beginning in the late 1960s, the federal government has tried to answer that question with an annual poverty count. Politicians and pundits alike await the government’s numbers, now published each September. The shape of the September numbers and the interpretive stories accompanying their release frequently affect the election debate in November. Although most people recognize that poverty measurement is subjective and[…]
  • Measuring Temporary Labor Outsourcing in U.S. Manufacturing

    December 2001

    The growth in temporary help supply (THS) employees is one aspect of the recent general trend toward flexible, market-based work arrangements. Such employees are on the payroll of temporary help agencies but they actually work in other sectors of the economy, e.g., manufacturing. There are several reasons for the growth in such flexible work arrangements. First, by reducing the cost and risk of hiring, temporary[…]
  • The Long-Term Effects of Youth Unemployment

    October 2001

    The era of high employment has taken a sharp downward turn. The U.S. economy was cooling rapidly even before terrorism entered the picture. Employee layoffs are now measured in the hundreds of thousands. Many of these employees were entry-level workers just starting their careers. The Labor Department's statistics on teenage and young adult employment reflect a substantial rise in unemployment rates. With unemployment rising in[…]
  • The Local Unemployment Crisis

    August 2001

    During 2000, there was a distinct downturn in the economy nationwide, and some communities that were previously lagging fell even further behind. Residents in scores of counties and cities struggled through the year with unemployment rates from 9% to more than 20%. As the nation seems to be headed into recession, and jobs continue to dry up, the areas that are already the worst off[…]