Fact TankAugust 29, 2014

For Labor Day, a look at the state of underemployment

Although the official unemployment rate was down to 6.2% in July, many economists and other analysts have concluded that that measure doesn’t fully capture what’s happened to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009.

Pew Research CenterAugust 6, 2014

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

Experts anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of our work and daily lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create.

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2014

Immigrants No Longer the Majority of Hispanic Workers

For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants do not account for the majority of Hispanic workers in the United States. And most of the job gains made by Hispanics during the economic recovery have gone to U.S.-born workers.

Fact TankMarch 4, 2014

Polls show strong support for minimum wage hike

According to recent polls, one issue on which Obama can count on strong public support is his call for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

Fact TankFebruary 20, 2014

American unions membership declines as public support fluctuates

Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression

Fact TankSeptember 3, 2013

The disappearing male worker

Are men losing interest in work? Male labor force participation rates in the United States have been in steady decline since at least 1950 while women’s labor market participation steadily rose before leveling off about a decade ago. Two recent analyses of U.S. Census data document this trend and offer some unexpected reasons why this […]

Fact TankSeptember 2, 2013

Opinion of unions is up, membership down

About half of Americans have a favorable view of labor unions, up 10 percentage points since 2011.

Pew Research CenterJuly 11, 2013

Public Esteem for Military Still High

More than three-quarters of Americans continue to believe that members of the military contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. By contrast, only 37% say clergy make a big contribution to society, and journalists have dropped the most in public esteem since 2009.

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2013

Favorable Views of Business, Labor Rebound

Favorable opinions of both business corporations and labor unions have rebounded from record lows reached in the summer of 2011.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 21, 2013

Young Adults Shed Debt After Recession

Young adults have shed substantially more debt than older adults did during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath—mainly by virtue of owning fewer houses and cars and paring credit card balances.