Unemployment involves hardship for those who are seeking but cannot find work and can be signal of a national economic recession. While unemployment numbers have improved as the economy slowly recovers from the recession, many are still out of work. Brookings experts examine what unemployment numbers mean for the state of the economy, and discuss the role the government should play in helping the unemployed get back to work.
Ford Assembly workers Anthony Chwalek and Tom Downs install a battery charger underneath a Ford Focus Electric vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook).
Unemployment and the “Skills Mismatch” Story: Overblown and Unpersuasive
July 29, 2014, Gary Burtless
Gary Burtless finds little evidence of reported soaring wages due to a skills mismatch between employers and the workforce, saying that an excess of job seekers over job openings continues to limit wage gains.
U.S. Economic Performance
July 17, 2014
Opinion | Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2014, David Wessel
July 3, 2014, Jonathan Wright
July 3, 2014, Gary Burtless
July 2, 2014, Regis Barnichon
June 25, 2014, Alec Friedhoff and Siddharth Kulkarni
Paper | The Hamilton Project
June 19, 2014, Katharine G. Abraham and Susan G. Houseman
June 19, 2014
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William T. Dickens
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