2019: Record Back Wages Collected for Working Families

2019: Record Back Wages Collected for Working Families

For the second year in a row, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S Department of Labor has recovered a record amount of back wages for workers. In 2019, over $322 million in back wages has been recovered for more than 313,000 workers. This averages out to over $1,028 for each worker affected. In

Highest Number of Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims in Over 2 Years

Highest Number of Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims in Over 2 Years

According to a United States Department of Labor News Release, the week ending December 7th has shown the highest number of seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims since September 30th, 2017. The week had 252,000 claims, up from 203,000 during the previous week. This is contrasted to the 50-year lows in national unemployment rates that were

Low Unemployment and “Workers Deserts”

Low Unemployment and “Workers Deserts”

As the unemployment rate in the United States hovers around historic lows, some employers are having trouble filling positions in certain areas coined “workers deserts”. According to a news release from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings at the end of July totaled 7.2 million. Throughout July, the number of separations

California and Alaska Hit All-Time Unemployment Rate Lows in July 2019

California and Alaska Hit All-Time Unemployment Rate Lows in July 2019

In July of 2019, Alaska had the highest unemployment rate out of all 50 states at 6.3% despite being the lowest rate on record that the state has ever experienced. Additionally, California reached a record low unemployment rate of 4.1% in July of 2019 as well. California’s historic high was in November of 2010 at

National Labor Relations Board Decision Regarding Arbitration Agreements for Employees

National Labor Relations Board Decision Regarding Arbitration Agreements for Employees

The National Labor Relations Board has decided under the NLRA (National Labor Relations ACT) that Employers are not prohibited from informing employees that failing or refusing to sign a mandatory arbitration agreement will result in their discharge. The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling on Epic Systems v. Lewis. The National Labor Relations Board also

The Implications of Unemployment Benefit Generosity to Job Search, Mental Health and Reemployment

The Implications of Unemployment Benefit Generosity to Job Search, Mental Health and Reemployment

New research conducted by The University of Minnesota and published in the Journal of Applied Psychology has researched the perception of unemployment benefits and their effect upon the job search, mental health and reemployment of individuals. Three countries were examined with different levels of unemployment benefits. In order from least generous to most generous, they

July 2019: 1.5 Million Individuals Marginally Attached to the Labor Force

July 2019: 1.5 Million Individuals Marginally Attached to the Labor Force

An Economics Daily report published by the United States Department of Labor shows 1.5 million individuals marginally attached to the labor force in July of 2019, which is almost unchanged from the previous year. Marginally attached individuals differ from unemployed individuals because they had not actively searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the

Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rates Comparison

Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rates Comparison

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a comparison of 389 Metropolitan areas and their unemployment rates in an interactive map. There are 4 different unemployment rate tiers that you can toggle on and off when viewing the map. When hovering over a specific metro area, the label with the current unemployment rate will appear.