This month the U.S. Department of Labor released its employment projections for the next decade. We analyzed the job quality of the occupations projected to grow the most during this period, focusing specifically on low-wage jobs.
September 7, 2021
Don’t Mistake the Disappointing Jobs Numbers for a Labor Shortage
August 4, 2021
California’s Labor Market in the Time of COVID-19: 2021 Chartbook
July 20, 2021
With millions of Americans looking for work, why can’t businesses find employees?
October 19, 2020
Labor Center research and Proposition 22
Research & Publications
Estimated Characteristics and Employment of Essential Workers in California, from May 2020 to June 2021
This fact sheet estimates the characteristics and employment numbers of workers in essential industries in California over the period from May 2020 to June 2021
This data tool tracks the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in California, and how the state is recovering from these effects. The pandemic left millions of Californians out of work, and while the economy has begun to recover in recent months, some workers continue to struggle. This resource will be updated periodically, as new data becomes available, to allow users to monitor the progress of labor markets in the state.
The Labor Center is working to provide research on how California is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic; analysis of new policies, what they offer the state’s workers and businesses, and what is still needed; and curated lists of resources, information, and tools for workers and their advocates.
Resources on COVID-19
Jacobs has been trying to quantify the cost of gig work on taxpayers for several years. A report he published with his colleague Michael Reich said that if Uber and Lyft drivers were employees between 2014 and 2019, the two companies alone would have contributed $413 million to the California Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Enrique Lopezlira, a labor economist at the University of California, Berkeley, Labor Center, has studied California’s labor market over the last year and a half. While unemployment rates have been declining, Lopezlira says workers who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic have yet to recover.
California set out in 2016 to become the first state on a path to a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Five years later, how’s that going?
Here’s the current minimum wage in those cities and counties with a higher minimum wage, as of July 1, according to UC Berkeley Labor Center.