2017

May 24, 2017

The Wherefores and Whys of Wages

5/24/2017 -After an extended period of relative stagnation, wages have been showing signs of growth. This episode of the Economy Matters podcast discusses recent wage trends and how the Atlanta Fed views wage behavior.

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May 19, 2017

Jobs Calculator Updated with April State Data

How many jobs does it take in your state? Check out our state-level Jobs Calculator to learn how April data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment in each state.

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May 15, 2017

Wage Growth Tracker Virtually Unchanged at 3.5 Percent

The Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker was 3.5 percent in April, similar to the March and year-ago figures.

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May 09, 2017

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with March JOLTS Data

Monitor labor market progress with our Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart, now with March data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS).

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May 08, 2017

An Early Experiment with "Permazero"

Stephen Quinn and William Roberds
Working Paper 2017-5 (May)
The authors examine a monetary regime of the Bank of Amsterdam in the eighteenth century that held policy interest rates near zero for more than a century. They find that the Bank's inability to stabilize large shocks brought adverse results.

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May 05, 2017

Slide into the Economic Driver's Seat with the Labor Market Sliders

Economic growth depends on numerous interlocking variables. A macroblog post looks at the Atlanta Fed's new Labor Market Sliders, a tool that allows you to view the effect of changes in key variables on economic growth.

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May 05, 2017

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with April Data

What do April employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mean for the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

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Apr 19, 2017

The Fed's Inflation Goal: What Does the Public Know?

The Fed has been clear about its inflation target, but how thoroughly is the target understood? A macroblog post looks at recent Atlanta Fed survey data to find out.

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Apr 17, 2017

Wage Growth Tracker Increases to 3.4 Percent

The March reading was 3.4 percent, close to the 3.5 percent average for the 12 months ending in March and up from 3.2 percent in February. Wage growth was strongest for men, those with a college degree, and those switching jobs.

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Apr 13, 2017

Where Will Opportunity Knock? A Discussion of Opportunity Occupations

4/13/2017 - In an era when education's importance in the employment sector has steadily increased, what role do well-paying jobs that don't require a college degree play? We talk to some Atlanta Fed experts.

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Apr 11, 2017

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with February JOLTS Data

Monitor labor market progress with our Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart, now with February data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS).

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Apr 11, 2017

Going to School on Labor Force Participation

Participation in the labor force has taken some swings in the wake of the recession. A macroblog post examines the role of education in the shifting composition of the employment market.

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Apr 07, 2017

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with March Data

What do March employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mean for the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

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Mar 30, 2017

Bad Debt Is Bad for Your Health

Delinquent debt is not only stressful, but it can also take a measurable toll on physical health. A macroblog post looks at research into the relationship between delinquent debt and mortality rates.

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Mar 29, 2017

Fracking and Mortgage Default

Chris Cunningham, Kristopher Gerardi, and Yannan Shen
Working Paper 2017-4 (March)
Examining the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on mortgage default, the authors consider homes along the Marcellus Formation in Pennsylvania. Using the underlying geology to predict drilling activity, and looking only at mortgages originated before the fracking boom, they find that fracking appears to lower the likelihood of default, most likely by increasing employment.

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Mar 24, 2017

Jobs Calculator Updated with February State Data

How many jobs does it take in your state? Check out our state-level Jobs Calculator to learn how February data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment in each state.

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Mar 21, 2017

Old, Frail, and Uninsured: Accounting for Puzzles in the U.S. Long-Term Care Insurance Market

R. Anton Braun, Karen A. Kopecky, and Tatyana Koreshkova
Working Paper 2017-3 (March)
Half of elderly individuals will experience a nursing home stay, and the risk of out-of-pocket expenses that exceed $200,000 is significant. Yet only 10 percent of them have private long-term care insurance, and many applications are rejected. We attribute these observations to adverse selection, insurers' overhead costs, and Medicaid.

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Mar 20, 2017

Wage Growth Tracker Unchanged

The Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker was 3.2 percent in February, the same as in January and also the same as a year earlier.

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Mar 20, 2017

Working for Yourself, Some of the Time

The labor market has undergone a slow but steady healing in the wake of the recession. But how have rates of full-time self-employment fared in the recovery? A macroblog post interprets recent data to find out.

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Mar 16, 2017

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with January JOLTS Data

Monitor labor market progress with our Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart, now with January data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS).

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Mar 10, 2017

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with February Data

What do February employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mean for the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

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Mar 02, 2017

Gauging Firm Optimism in a Time of Transition

Transitions can represent a period of optimism, or one of uncertainty. How are firms viewing the change of administrations in Washington? A macroblog post looks at data that took the pulse of firms to find out.

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Mar 02, 2017

A Conversation about the Health Effects of Delinquent Debt

3/2/2017 - It's no surprise that carrying unmanageable debt is stressful. But can it also bring adverse health effects? This episode features an Atlanta Fed economist who looked into the question.

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Feb 28, 2017

Can Tight Labor Markets Inhibit Investment Growth?

A tighter labor market may spur greater business investmentat or near full employment, such as the one we see currently, poses certain challenges for businesses. A macroblog post looks at a tight labor market's potential impact on business investmentwhether labor supply constraints might limit that impact.

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Feb 23, 2017

More Ways to Watch Wages

Wages are a closely watched barometer of the overall labor market, and the Atlanta Fed has just expanded the ways you can view wage movement. A macroblog post discusses recent innovations to our Wage Growth Tracker tool.

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Feb 21, 2017

Unemployment versus Underemployment: Assessing Labor Market Slack

In many important respects, the labor market has exhibited a return to health. But for part-time workers who would like full-time work, that health may not be quite so evident. A macroblog post looks at recent trends in worker demand and some possible factors behind them.

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Feb 13, 2017

Does a High-Pressure Labor Market Bring Long-Term Benefits?

A tighter-than-normal labor market can pose economic problems, but evidence shows that a high-pressure environment can also confer advantages in the event of a recession. A macroblog post considers individuals' experiences.

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Feb 07, 2017

Net Exports Continue to Bedevil GDPNow

The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow tool anticipates changes in gross domestic product by forecasting its associated subcomponents. A macroblog post by GDPNow's creator discusses some recent difficulties the model has had forecasting net exports.

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Feb 07, 2017

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with December JOLTS Data

Monitor labor market progress with our Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart, now with December data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS).

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Feb 06, 2017

Examining Changes in Labor Force Participation

Given the byzantine complexity of social and demographic factors swirling around the labor market, it's understandable that the labor force participation rate exhibits significant movement over time. A macroblog post looks at some of these factors and how their impact has shifted.

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Feb 03, 2017

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with January Data

What do January employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mean for the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

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Feb 02, 2017

Labor Force Participation Dynamics Updated

Almost 63 percent of the population was employed or actively looking for work in the fourth quarter of 2016, one of the lowest rates of labor force participation since the late 1970s. Find out more on the Atlanta Fed's Labor Force Participation Dynamics web pages, now updated with new data and charts.

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Jan 27, 2017

Jobs Calculator Updated with December State Data

How many jobs does it take in your state? Check out our state-level Jobs Calculator to learn how December data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment in each state.

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Jan 19, 2017

Wage Growth Tracker Declines to 3.5 Percent

Median wage growth slowed to 3.5 percent in December from 3.9 percent in November, led by a decline in the wage growth measure for women.

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Jan 10, 2017

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with November JOLTS Data

Monitor labor market progress with our Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart, now with November data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS).

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Jan 06, 2017

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with December Data

What do December employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics mean for the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Labor Market Distributions Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

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Jan 03, 2017

Human Capital Data & Tools

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