Category: Employment Issues

“The Planet Began to Heal”…and Other Updates from D.C.

Here’s a summary of the quiet week in Washington from NCPA’s legislative director Brian Williams: President Obama reduced the sentences of 102 inmates, mostly drug dealers, bringing the total number of presidential clemencies up to 774 during the Obama presidency. President Obama praised the Paris climate deal this week, which takes effect in November in […]

CAFE Standards Distort Auto Production and Push Jobs South

Once praised for refusing to accept a bailout, Ford is now taking heat for deciding build all small cars in Mexico.  Ford already manufactures the Fiesta model in Mexico, and the Focus and C-Max will follow after the newly-proposed $1.6 billion plant is finished.  Given that Ford sales have risen strongly since the recession, what […]

Not Much to Say About the Jobs Report

The July jobs report is out.  Nonfarm jobs rose by 255,000, which is more than economists predicted for July. But the unemployment rate still stands at 4.9 percent, and the labor force participation rate is a paltry 62.8 percent, only two-tenths of a point lower than last July.  In terms of demographics: Among all age […]

Free Trade and Candlemakers

Economists are infamous for disagreeing with each other, but one of the few issues to consistently receive unanimous support is free trade.  Policymakers however have failed to take this lesson to heart.  GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently admonished Ford Motor Company for planning to build a new plant in Mexico.  He claims that by hiring […]

The Changing Face of SSDI Beneficiaries

As I wrote in a previous blog post, the Social Security Disability Insurance program is suffering a funding shortfall that is exacerbated by a complex bureaucracy and lack of political will for reform.   According to the latest Statistical Report on Social Security Disability, there are 12.1 million individuals currently receiving disability benefits, 8.9 million of them previous workers.  Those who […]

Lies, Damned Lies, and the 77 Percent Gender Pay Gap

A pet favorite issue of the left is their claim that women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. With this fatal statistic in hand, wage justice warriors are usually quick to call for a whole new wave of regulations and pay mandates to fix such terrible and clear evidence of discrimination. […]

Obama’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Overtime Rule

Last week the White House updated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations, raising the threshold at which salaried employees are exempt from overtime pay, effective December 1, 2016. According to the updated requirements, salaried employees making up to $913 per week ($47,476 annually) will now qualify for overtime compensation of 1.5 times their […]

Mining Takes a Hit in the Jobs Report

While Hillary Clinton is trying to convince Coal Country that she cares, the BLS reports that 7,000 jobs in mining were lost in April alone, totaling 191,000 mining and mining-related jobs lost since September 2014.  Earlier this week I wrote about the lack of political support for “dirty jobs” that actually pay quite well, and […]

Another Take on Slow Wage Growth, Part II

Yesterday, I elaborated on a WSJ article and some historical data highlighting slow wage growth.  While some policymakers may just shrug and insist that slow wage and GDP growth are the “new normal,” others seem to believe that simply waving the magic $15 minimum wage wand will fix everything.  Both are wrong.  Here is what could […]

Should Walmart Imitate Costco?

The following is the Executive Summary from a soon-to-be-published NCPA policy report. There has been much debate over the past few years about raising the national minimum wage to $10 or even $15 an hour. In areas where the minimum wage is at or slightly above the federal level of $7.25, unions have complained that […]