Browsing Archive: September, 2012

More Interesting Reports on the Employment Report Today

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, September 7, 2012,
There has been a lot of excellent analysis written on the employment report today.  Of course, as always, much of the best quick-turn around analysis has appeared on the "Wonkblog" by Ezra Klein and his colleagues:

The young are leaving the Labor Force and the Old are flocking to it:
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/07/the-young-are-leaving-the-labor-force-the-old-are-flocking-to-it/ 

Discouraged workers are NOT why unemployment rates fell
  http://www.washingtonpost.co...
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Further reports on Labor Force and the Baby Boom

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, September 7, 2012,
A couple Colleagues sent me interesting Links on Employment, Labor Force and the Baby Boom.  They are great reading and enhance greatly the points I make below.  The links are here:

  http://www.offthechartsblog.org/why-is-labor-force-participation-shrinking/ 

  http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2002/09/art3full.pdf 

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What many seem to be missing in the Employment Report

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, September 7, 2012,
The August employment report is out.  The unemployment rate is down (from 8.3% to 8.1%), but the labor force dropped a lot (by over 350,000 people).  This always seems to confuse people, and the press.  It also provides fodder for both political parties, since the Democrats can cite the dropping unemployment rate and rising employment of about 100,00 jobs, while the Republicans can cite the dropping labor force and say people are "dropping out" of the labor force because they are "discouraged...

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ACA creates Multi-State Plans in Exchanges, a Backdoor National Plan?

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, September 4, 2012,
I have a new journal article out that describes a provision in the ACA that is not getting much focus.  It relates to new "Multi-State Qualified Health Plans (MSQHPs)", private insurance plans available on a nationwide basis (in each and every state). A section of the Affordable Care Act authorizing these new national MSQHPs appeared in the Senate version of the ACA as an alternative to the hotly-debated public option in the House version of the bill.  Since the Senate bill became the vehicle...
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Timothy McBride Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis.