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  • About the Author: Ben Cheng

    Ben Cheng is a Senior Methodologist in the economics department at The Conference Board. He received his undergraduate degree in economics with honors and mathematics at New York University. Ben …

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20 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
Small business hiring is recovering
Early signs from the HWOL data series suggest small employers are leading the ramp up in hiring as the economy begins to reopen.…

31 Mar. 2020 | Comments (0)
The drop in spending of older Americans and its regional impact
One of the striking features of COVID-19 is that it appears to be much more dangerous for older people than for younger people. As a result, older peo…

18 Jun. 2018 | Comments (0)
E-commerce continues to grow among U.S. consumers
Our March 2018 Consumer Confidence Survey shows evidence that e-commerce continues to grow among U.S. consumers of most age and income groups.…

19 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Still Dropping: The Impact of Oil Prices on the Labor Market Is Becoming More Visible
A few weeks ago, we posted a blog titled, Huge Drop In New Job Ads For Oil-Related Occupations, describing the impact of the drop in oil prices on the…

03 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Huge Drop In New Job Ads For Oil-Related Occupations
The drop in oil prices is likely to be net positive for employment in the United States. But it’s not good news for everyone. While we have not seen a…

07 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Occupations Most At Risk of Labor Shortages in the Next Decade
In an earlier blog, we discussed the macroeconomic implications of the labor shortages in the U.S. that we predicted are looming through 2030. In this…

01 Feb. 2013 | Comments (1)
A Huge Increase in the Percent of Workers Planning to Delay Retirement
According to a new report released by The Conference Board, older workers intend to postpone their retirement now more than ever, despite a recovering…

16 Jan. 2013 | Comments (3)
Research Shows Employees More Likely To Telework
Last year, The Conference Board published a report on the upward trend of teleworking and its implications on business. Using the American Community S…

28 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
In Praise of the American Community Survey
Last week, the United States Census Bureau released data from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). We believe the ACS should be an important sour…

06 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Quit rates – Still Low and Are Unlikely to Rise Much in the Coming Months
For human capital executives, labor turnover and retention rates are among the most important measures to follow. Given the high cost of replacing exi…

09 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
State Employment Recovery
While employment in the United States has been increasing in almost every state over the past 2 years, the magnitude of the increase has varied quite …

18 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Is There a Talent Shortage in the U.S.? Start By Looking at Hours Worked
Talent shortages are difficult to measure and identify. We propose that one way to learn if there are talent shortages is to examine the average weekl…