Category: Employment Issues

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 […]

Forget the 4.9% Unemployment Rate; 95 Million are not Working

New government data shows that job growth slowed in January.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 151,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate went down to 4.9 percent. But the low unemployment numbers are partially distorted by the low 62.7% labor participation rate that continues to dominate the so-called “Obama Recovery.” […]

Walmart’s Decision Not to Build Two More Stores in D.C. is no Surprise

After “promising” back in 2013 to build two stores east of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., Walmart has announced it will no longer do so.  One reason, according to the Washington Times, is that their three existing stores in D.C. are not performing as well as hoped.  But according to Townhall, the company also cited high building […]

Can the Job Market Continue to Pick Up Momentum?

Before I perused this morning’s employment summary from the BLS, I was not expecting much good news. While overall there is nothing spectacular to write about, there are some glimmers of hope.  The unemployment rate sat at 5 percent at the end of December, no change from last month.   But this does not tell us […]

Welders Do Not Earn More Than Philosophers, But Rubio Has a Point

During last night’s debate, Senator Marco Rubio applied economic principles to numerous subjects including the public school system, higher education and the job market.  In explaining his opposition to free college tuition – which has been championed by Hillary Clinton and Bernier Sanders – Sen. Rubio advocated for increasing vocational training. He stated, “For the […]

In the Minimum Wage Debate, There Is Still No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The City Club, a progressive advocacy group in Portland, Oregon, recently published a report arguing that the city needs a higher minimum wage than the current state minimum wage of $9.25 an hour.  This will stimulate consumer spending, they say, by putting more money in the pockets of workers.  Additionally, they find that most businesses […]

More Flimsy Reasons For a $15 Minimum Wage

This post was written by Jacob Kohlhepp, a research associate at the National Center for Policy Analysis. A few weeks ago, Paul Krugman gave a gushing review of Hillary Clinton’s vague economic plans in his biweekly New York Times column.  Krugman does not even mention what specifically is good about the Hillary Plan. Yet he […]

The Minimum Wage Fairy Can’t Fix Everything

If a politician wants to ban something, chances are they will give themselves an exemption. Over the past year, the rallying cry for many politicians has been income inequality. One of the solutions often offered is a substantial increase in the minimum wage. Ironically, though, a recent study found that 94 percent of the 205 […]

The “Living Wage” Argument is Back…As a Presidential Campaign Issue

Last week Salon’s Joan Walsh ran an editorial titled “Scott Walker’s Sleazy New Low.”  What did presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker do to earn such scorn? He signed into law the 2015-2017 budget for the state of Wisconsin, which included a rewording of Wisconsin State Legislature Chapter 104. Previously chapter 104 § 02 stated, “every […]

The New Normal

We are awaiting the May jobs report numbers but is there something of greater concern of which we should discuss.  The current forecasts are estimating a May jobs growth number somewhere around 200,000. Of course it will be touted as a positive – and we all want to see Americans getting back to work. However, this […]