Help still wanted

Some may have read the article today in the PG on women in Pittsburgh’s labor force.   It references a report we did some years ago on gender wage differences in the Pittsburgh region. Note the story today does not mention the third author Susan Hansen as well for the record.   No matter how . . . → Read More: Help still wanted

Yunz are cactus now

So this really is a remarkable bit of labor reporting….

The Wall Street Journal has an in depth look at a Pittsburgher who moved to Australia in August in search of well paying employment.   See: American Fills a Jobs Shortage—in the Aussie Outback – An American’s Coveted Gig: Three-Week Shifts at Mining Port in . . . → Read More: Yunz are cactus now

Counting destiny

Yesterday was a small story that comes out annually on the state of enrollment in the Pittsburgh School District.  PG: City Schools Enrollment Drop Less Than Expected. The story focuses on just a couple numbers being reported by the school district, but it is of course a story based on a whole lot of . . . → Read More: Counting destiny

I need a Spanish translation for ‘Cleveburgh’

Cleveland Plain Dealer today:  Cleveland will declare ‘Bienvenidos’ and try to catch the Hispanic wave

Sort of a Cleveland version of what we read locally recently: PG: Pittsburgh Promise aims to lure Hispanics with financial aid except with more data.  Note the Cleveland PD’s benchmarking of local Hispanic populations. This isn’t a Steeler Nation . . . → Read More: I need a Spanish translation for ‘Cleveburgh’

West End Story

PG has a story on the latest in immigrant attraction efforts in town here.  Certainly not the first of such efforts. More than a decade ago Pittsburgh’s immigrant attraction efforts were page A1 in the NYT with this:   To Fill Gaps, Cities Seek Wave of Immigrants. It has also been a nearly perpetual topic here in . . . → Read More: West End Story

The company we keep

So here is one way to parse some of the labor force data that came out earlier in the week for the region.  While not the top, all I will say is that if this type of benchmarking was done going back in history, for an awfully long time I would bet we placed . . . → Read More: The company we keep

Unemployment May Be Worse Than We Think

It turns out that even illegals don’t see America as a land of opportunity:

One million Mexicans said they returned from the US between 2005 and 2010, according to a new demographic study of Mexican census data. That’s three times the number who said they’d returned in the previous five-year period.

And they aren’t . . . → Read More: Unemployment May Be Worse Than We Think

But Wait, There’s More

My earlier post on expanding safety net recipients has an addendum:

While the findings are not directly comparable because of differences in methodology, the new study suggests that the recent recession did not cause any significant increase in the share of benefits flowing to the poor, as might once have been expected.

The study . . . → Read More: But Wait, There’s More

It’s No Coincidence

Here’s Paul Krugman:

James Kwak and Larry Mishel, in slightly different ways, make a point I was planning to get to: the rise in safety net spending over the past decade does not reflect an expansion of that safety net. Instead, it reflects two things: rising health care costs, and a terrible economic slump . . . → Read More: It’s No Coincidence

I’m Right (Again)

In which my theory that free labor simply masks the underlying problem is proven correct:

But, in the first study of its kind, the MAC – set up by the last Labour government, and independent of Whitehall – said large-scale immigration was having a significant impact on the job prospects of the ‘native’ population.

. . . → Read More: I’m Right (Again)