Labor

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the personal risks many workers take simply by performing their job. But even before the pandemic, many jobs in America required workers to take on some amount...
Less than 30% of the U.S. workforce was female in 1950. Though women have since slowly narrowed the wage and employment gap in the U.S. labor force, inequalities persist. In 2020, less than 47% of...
Each of the 50 states has its own unique identity. While abstract and often difficult to pinpoint, these identities have been shaped over decades and centuries and are often defined, at least in...
Many American workers struggled to make ends meet in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the U.S. economy. About 22 million workers lost their jobs at the beginning of the pandemic, and by...
Labor unions — an organized group of workers in a given trade — have changed the nature of labor relations in the United States. Through collective bargaining, unions have fought to earn...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the length of the workweek in the United States, with many workers forced to move to part time or otherwise change hours as a result of largely remote...
There were nearly 147 million Americans in the workforce in 2019. Among all workers, including those working part-time, the annual median wage was $39,810. While workers’ incomes depend on...
One year ago this week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The safety measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus cost many Americans their jobs and pushed millions...
The typical American working a full time job at the end of 2020 earned $984 per week, equivalent to $51,168 a year. There are a handful of highly specialized occupations in which workers can expect...
The year-long ravaging spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed millions of people of jobs. In some cities, the jobless rate is above 10%. In other cases, those with work worry about whether they...
After crashing from a five-decade best national jobless rate of 3.5% in February to a multidecade high of 14.7% in April, the figure settled at 6.7% in December. Based on the country’s rate over...
The COVID-19 pandemic savaged the job market early in 2020 and has only rebounded moderately by year-end. After crashing from a five-decade best national jobless rate of 3.5% in February to a multi...
Throughout the 21st century, wealth in America has become increasingly concentrated at the top, and during the pandemic, that gap has only widened. Since February 2019, the estimated net worths of...