The Path to Rural Resilience in America
Economic Policy Institute, September 2020, 35 pp.
This report examines changing economic and environmental trends in rural communities, and suggests policy actions to further economic growth and create high-quality, sustainable jobs. more info >
North Dakota Workforce Review
Labor Market Information Center, Job Service North Dakota, September 2020, 120 pp.
This publication examines broad population trends, labor force statistics, occupational group changes, and industry changes for either 10-year or 20-year (or both) time periods. In addition to general measures of North Dakota's economy, this publication presents individual industry breakouts to examine figures for employment, wages, establishments, and demographic changes in slightly more detail. Similar information is presented in breakouts by region to provide a useful perspective of statewide trends and their roots in various parts of the state. more info >
State of Black America
National Urban League, August 2020
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, April 2019, 20 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually. more info >
Full-Time Employment Not Always a Ticket to Health Insurance
Carsey Institute, March 2018, 6 pp.
Employment does not necessarily lead to health coverage for lower-income workers in the same way it typically does for higher income workers. This brief documents differences in health insurance coverage by workers’ income, and explores who is eligible for an employer-based plan, who enrolls in those plans, and the reasons why workers choose not to enroll. more info >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2017, 228 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report. more info >
Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2017, 68 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. more info >
Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership
American Association of University Women, March 2016
This report examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests things that can be done to close the gap. more info >
An Aging World: 2015
U.S. Census Bureau, March 2016, 175 pp.
Examines the challenges and global implications presented by the world's population aging at an unprecedented rate. This report looks at past, current, and projected numbers, proportions, and growth rates of older populations and summarizes socioeconomic statistics for both developed and developing nations. more info >
What Comes First, People or Jobs: Evidence and Lessons for Indiana
Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University, January 2016, 7 pp.
This study examines population and employment growth in Indiana’s 92 counties in the decades of the 1970s and the 2000s to determine whether job attraction or people attraction is a larger factor in county population growth. more info >
Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013
United States Census Bureau, August 2015, 28 pp.
This report focuses on patterns of commuting by private vehicle among U.S. workers in 2013 using data from the American Community Survey. It highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of communities in which workers live. more info >
The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations
Brookings Institute, August 2014
Data on foreign students in the United States and their impact on the local economy. more info >
Families Continue to Rely on Wives As Breadwinners Post-Recession
Carsey School of Public Policy, July 2014, 11 pp.
This brief presents an analysis of the increased role employed wives played in family economic stability prior to, during, and after the Great Recession, focusing on changes in the contribution of employed wives’ earnings to family earnings by state, region, metropolitan areas, and nonmetro residence. The data in this brief come from the 1989−2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplements of the Current Population Survey. more info >
America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being. more info >
Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2014, 6 pp.
A study of the interaction of the safety net with the increasing employment instability faced by low-wage workers. more info >
Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
AARP, February 2014, 2 pp.
National and individual state data on the number of residents receiving Social Security and its impacts on individuals and the economy. more info >
The Long-Term Unemployed in the Wake of the Great Recession
Carsey Institute, January 2014, 8 pp.
A look at the demographic and economic characteristics of the long-term unemployed in the United States, those unemployed for longer than 26 weeks. more info >
Child and Well-Being Index
Foundation for Child Development, December 2013, 24 pp.
Annual report on the well-being of children in the U.S. Includes data on economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, educational attainment, community engagement, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual well-being. more info >
Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States
National Institute on Retirement Security, December 2013, 22 pp.
Examines racial disparities in retirement readiness. more info >
Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation
Urban Institute, April 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses the racial wealth gap and how it affects opportunity. more info >
Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence. more info >
Work and Retirement Patterns for the G.I. Generation, Silent Generation, and Early Boomers: Thirty Years of Change
Urban Institute, July 2010, 70 pp.
Looks at retirement patterns over the past 30 years. more info >
What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
Child Trends, March 2010, 15 pp.
Identifies intervention strategies that promote the positive development of older youth. more info >
Alternative Welfare-to-Work Strategies for the Hard-to-Employ: Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia
MDRC, October 2009, 186 pp.
This report presents interim results from an evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for hard-to-employ recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Philadelphia. The study is part of a larger project testing innovative employment strategies for groups facing serious obstacles to finding and keeping a steady job. more info >
Increasing the Percentage of Children Living in Two-Parent Families
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 13 pp.
Strategies for increasing the percentage of children who live in two-parent families, an indicator of child well-being. more info >
Turning Point: The Long Term Effects of Recession-Induced Child Poverty
First Focus, May 2009, 15 pp.
A study showing that children who fall into poverty during a recession will suffer in adulthood. more info >
Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren't Doing to Promote Family Economic Security
National Center for Children in Poverty, August 2008, 23 pp.
Examines state-level policies that help families both avoid and cope with economic hardship. The report highlights policies that benefit individual families and for which 50-state data sources are available. Three categories of policies are included: work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development and protection. more info >
Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States
Brookings Institute, Metropolitan Policy Program, February 2008, 20 pp.
This paper examines workers' commuting costs and travel modes, as well as the relationship between housing and commuting costs. The analysis focuses on the working poor but draws on the experiences of all workers. more info >
Mental Health, Work and Mental Health Service Use Among Low-Income Mothers
Urban Institute, August 2007, 38 pp.
Analyzes how mental health problems impede low-income mothers' ability to work and how health insurance improves access to mental health treatment. more info >
Microenterprise Programs as Asset Builders
The Aspen Institute, June 2007, 4 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth. more info >
Economic Development and Smart Growth
International Economic Development Council, August 2006, 50 pp.
Eight case studies on the connections between smart growth development and jobs, wealth and quality of life in communities. more info >
Promising Occupations Achievable for Low-Income Families Through Short-Term Education or Training
This report identifies promising occupations that are achievable for low-income workers after a relatively short-term investment in education or training. It is part of a project on family self-sufficiency and stability research. For each state, a table highlights promising occupations, listed from highest to lowest number of projected annual jobs. more info >
Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare. more info >