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Exploring differences in employment between household and establishment data

Individual Author: 
Abraham, Katharine G.
Haltiwanger, John
Sandusky, Kristin
Spletzer, James R.

Using a large data set that links individual Current Population Survey (CPS) records to employer-reported administrative data, we document substantial discrepancies in basic measures of employment status that persist even after controlling for known definitional differences between the two data sources.

Improving skills through America’s workforce development system

Individual Author: 
Bauman, Kevin
Christensen, Cody

To address these labor market challenges, many have turned to America’s workforce development system. Recent efforts from Congress and the White House confirm that policymakers are serious about expanding job-training opportunities. But even with the heightened focus, a shockingly small percentage of individuals leveraging the workforce system combine available Department of Labor training funds with money from other federal and state programs—despite that many more might qualify for additional aid.

Training for success: A policy to expand apprenticeships in the United States

Individual Author: 
Olinsky, Ben
Steinberg, Sarah Ayres

Apprenticeships are not a familiar concept to many Americans, but expanding the use of this highly effective training model can help our nation meet the demand for skilled workers, create pathways to well-paying careers for unemployed young workers, and give American businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Apprenticeships have been a tried and true method of educating and training workers since the Middle Ages, and they continue to enhance productivity and boost workers’ earnings in many countries around the world today.

The apprenticeship wage and participation gap

Individual Author: 
Hanks, Angela
McGrew, Annie
Zessoules, Daniella

The analysis in this issue brief examines apprenticeship programs over the past decade—from fiscal year 2008 through 2017—to observe gaps in participation and wages among women and people of color. In general, it finds that women remain deeply underrepresented in apprenticeship programs and that wages among women and black or African American apprentices are much lower than those of other apprentices. Even though these programs are intended and have the potential to develop the U.S.

Obesity and socioeconomic status in adults: United States, 2005-2008

Individual Author: 
Ogden, Cynthia L
Lamb, Molly M.
Carroll, Margaret D.
Flegal, Katherine M.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2008. Among men, obesity prevalence is generally similar at all income levels, however, among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men those with higher income are more likely to be obese than those with low income. Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low income women, but most obese women are not low income. There is no significant trend between obesity and education among men.

Data snapshot: Declines in child poverty continue in 2017

Individual Author: 
Carson, Jessica
Schaefer, Andrew
Mattingly, Marybeth

The official poverty measure indicates that child poverty declined by 1.1 percentage points between 2016 and 2017, according to analyses of the latest American Community Survey data released today. By 2017, child poverty across the nation was still 0.4 percentage point higher than before the Great Recession. Child poverty remained higher in cities and rural places than in the suburbs. For the first time, rates in cities dipped below the pre-recession level, although poverty is still slightly higher in rural and suburban places than in 2007. (Author abstract) 

Trauma-informed approaches for programs serving fathers in re-entry: A review of the literature and environmental scan

Individual Author: 
Dion, Robin
LaFlair, Lareina
Azur, Melissa
Morzuch, Michaella
D’Angelo, Angela

Many responsible fatherhood program participants have incarceration histories (Dion et al., 2018). Evidence is growing that many men with incarceration histories have experienced trauma early in life, and that experiencing trauma may complicate their efforts to reconnect with and support their families after incarceration.