Gary Burtless

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Senior Fellow, Economic Studies | The John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair

Gary Burtless researches labor market policy, income distribution, population aging, social insurance, household saving, and the behavioral effects of taxes and government transfers. He was an economist with the U.S. Department of Labor. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    The number of unemployed continues to shrink, and job gains entirely in the private sector continue to be fast enough so that we can be whittling down the problem of both long-term unemployment and regular unemployment.

    March 9, 2013, Gary Burtless, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    There are a lot of steps between when the raw data are collected and we end up with estimates of the unemployment rate, where either mistakes or purposeful manipulation could affect things. But the people in the Bureau of Labor Statistics are much more loyal to their professional duties than they are to the person who happens to be holding office at the time, and who may not be there in six month’s time.

    October 5, 2012, Gary Burtless, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    Presidents, governors, and mayors can have an impact on job creation during their terms in office. Almost always, however, the impact is small in relation to the effects of events and trends over which elected officials have little control, especially in their first few years on the job. A recession that is underway or begins soon after a president or governor takes office is in no way the fault of the new officeholder.

    September 4, 2012, Gary Burtless, PolitFact
  • In the News

    The college diploma does give people some immunity [from joblessness]. It’s not 100 percent, but it does give them some immunity from the worst consequences of the terrible job market.

    August 30, 2012, Gary Burtless, National Journal
  • In the News

    A lot of these [Republican proposals] are laughable in terms of a jobs plan that would produce noticeable improvements across the country in the availability of employment in the next four or five years.

    July 24, 2012, Gary Burtless,
  • In the News

    To keep pace with the growth in [America's] working-age population, employers need to add between 90,000 and 100,000 jobs every month.

    June 15, 2012, Gary Burtless, Xinhua
  • In the News

    There's never been a postwar era in which unemployment has been this high for this long. Workers are in a very weak bargaining position.

    February 1, 2012, Gary Burtless, The Huffington Post
  • In the News

    There is a lack of confidence that demand would exist for the extra products businesses would produce by increasing hiring.

    October 14, 2011, Gary Burtless,

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