Posts filed under “Wages & Income”

The Sound of an Improving Labor Market

Source: WSJ

Category: Economy, Wages & Income

Dynastic Billionaire Wealth Under Siege!

This has to be the strangest headline relative to the content I have seen in a very long time:   Source: Wealth Management

Category: Economy, Really, really bad calls, Wages & Income, Wealth Management

Minimum Wage by City

Good chart, relevant to our discussion of fast food minimum wages in Seattle and earlier elsewhere this week.   click for ginormous graphic Source: NY Times

Category: Digital Media, Wages & Income

Fast Food, Minimum Wage, and Wealth Transfers

This week, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city and the biggest in the U.S. to agree to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an increase that will go into effect by 2020. Los Angeles follows Seattle, which will require employers with 500 workers or more to pay $15  by 2017….Read More

Category: Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

Biggest Retirement Mistakes People Make

The data on this is fascinating:

Many people plan on supplementing their retirement funds by working past 65, but this plan may not be as sound as it seems. Bloomberg’s Suzanne Woolley breaks down the expectations and often unfortunate truths of working through retirement.

Source: Bloomberg May 18, 2015 7:32 AM EDT

Category: Data Analysis, Investing, Video, Wages & Income

Who benefits from a higher minimum wage?

Source: Economic Policy Institute

Category: Digital Media, Wages & Income

Wealthiest Zip Codes in America

Click for a ginormous graphic. Source: WonkBlog

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

Labor Participation Rate and (lack of) Wage Inflation

Marginal Participants Await Higher Wages




Very interesting analysis on the Not in Labor Force cohort from Bloomberg Briefs:


In an economic cycle which has consistently been sluggish — from the overall pace of growth to wage pressures to inflation — the decline in the unemployment rate in the past several years has been truly impressive. Still, falling participation and rising wage inflation may be the more pressing labor trends for policy makers to watch.

After peaking at 10 percent in late 2009, the unemployment rate began a downtrend that has accelerated as the economy approaches full employment. As of March, the jobless rate was 5.5 percent, or 1.1 percentage points lower than a year ago. Barring the past few years, this pace of improvement has not been witnessed since the economy surged out of the deep recession of 1981-82, which was also the last time unemployment rose above 10 percent. In that period, real GDP grew in the vicinity of 8 percent, almost triple the current pace of 2.7 percent (both measures are the year-on-year percentage change of the four-quarter moving average).

The current decline in unemployment is much less impressive because of the concurrent fall in labor force participation (the sum of those who are employed or actively seeking employment as a share of the population). If potential workers become frustrated with the job search and stop actively looking, unemployment can fall for the wrong reasons as the participation rate also drops. This overstates the degree of improvement in the labor market. As a result, the trajectory of the participation rate will materially affect how policy makers interpret the unemployment rate’s approach toward 5 percent.

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The rest is at Bloomberg Briefs (subscription)

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Category: Inflation, Wages & Income

CEO Compensation is Broken

Executive compensation is in the news again as the Securities and Exchange Commission gets ready to issue new guidelines on pay disclosures. As mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the new rules are supposed to provide “greater transparency and allow shareholders to be better informed” about executive and director compensation. Transparency is certainly a good first step. But…Read More

Category: Corporate Management, Really, really bad calls, Wages & Income

A Pizza Place Closes in Seattle . . .

Barry here: I know Invictus personally for more than a decade. I also know he works at a shop that does not allow its staff to publish economic and data analysis outside of their formal imprimatur. I would not allow his work to be published here if I was not confident about his respect for data, his integrity…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Really, really bad calls, Wages & Income