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  News & highlights from Ball State CBER ::   JuLY 31, 2017  

Wage and Earnings in the 21st Century Go to College Graduates

The US economy has created no net new jobs for workers who have not been to college in more than 25 years.

The most eagerly anticipated element of the Employment Situation Summary (the monthly jobs report) are changes to worker wages. With labor force participation rates slowly edging upwards and with total job growth pushing the unemployment rates to record lows, weekly earnings represent the new metric of labor force health. The reason for this should be relatively straightforward. With employment options plentiful, workers ought to expect better wages to remain loyal to their employer. Likewise, business ought to expect to have to pay more to retain and attract a quality workforce. So what is happening?

Read the full article: Wage and Earnings in the 21st Century Go to College Graduates

Last week's article: Automation, Trade and Urbanization Require More Resilient People and Places

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Manufacturing Employment

Data on June 2017 state manufacturing employment was recently released and showed that year-over-year manufacturing employment increased in the five states within the east north central census region (Great Lakes area).

Manufacturing employment growth was highest in Wisconsin, increasing 1.7 percent to 477,900 jobs. Growth in the remaining four Great Lakes states increased less than 1.0 percent, suggesting that job growth may be leveling off in this sector.

Indiana manufacturing employment increased 0.84 percent to 530,500 jobs (see graph).

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