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  • About the Author: Brian Schaitkin

    Brian Schaitkin is a Senior Economist in U.S. Economic Outlook & Labor Markets at The Conference Board. He is part of a team working to expand The Conference Board’s previous work on labor s…

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20 Aug. 2018 | Comments (0)
Can consumer spending keep pace with a torrid US economy?
With all the positive economic indicators, consumer facing businesses are asking some important questions: How is this sunny picture reflected in the …

06 Aug. 2018 | Comments (0)
Greatly Delayed Pickup in Recruitment: A Brief Account of How American Business Woke Up to GDPR Through the Lens of Online Job Ads
For US firms, upgrading data protection compliance procedures will not just be a concern related to European operations. California has passed a measu…

02 May. 2018 | Comments (0)
Retail Apocalypse Postponed Not Cancelled
Labor market data very clearly suggest that jobs in warehousing, delivery, and e-commerce, are unlikely to fully replace those lost in brick and morta…

02 Apr. 2018 | Comments (0)
Long Expansions Do Not Alone Halt Fast Job Creation
At the outset of 2017, many economists were concerned by the possibility that tighter labor markets would act to slow employment growth. Perhaps labor…

05 Mar. 2018 | Comments (0)
A State-Level View of 2017 Consumption Patterns
The Conference Board provides a state level view of 2017 consumption patterns, using their nowcasts of nominal PCE growth by state.…

27 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
We can turbocharge our technology industry with immigration reform
Today, “tech week” begins at the White House. The five-day confab will reportedly see the likes of technology experts and big-name CEOs like Microsoft…

15 Jun. 2017 | Comments (0)
A Revolution Confined to Uber? Independent Contractor Growth Slowed In 2015 Outside of Transportation
Non-employer business data still represent one of the best tools available for assessing national, state, and industry trends in independent work. In …

12 May. 2017 | Comments (0)
Our unemployment rate is great, so why aren't wages rising faster?
Five years ago, an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent — which the latest jobs report shows — would have been unthinkable. The impact of the …

10 Mar. 2017 | Comments (0)
This Lost Generation May Finally Buy Pricey Things Now That Their Paychecks are Soaring
https://www.thestreet.com/story/14036395/1/the-solid-jobs-report-could-mean-one-thing-a-lost-generation-may-finally-spend-on-luxuries.html This pie…

14 Feb. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Effect of President Trump’s Executive Order on the US Labor Market: A Primer
President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the Unit…

26 Jan. 2017 | Comments (0)
Using Alternative Work Arrangements to Better Serve Workers and Businesses
The struggle for talent, which employers have experienced as unemployment rates have crashed below 5.0 percent, represents a new normal. During the ne…

26 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Why Is Future Labor Shortage Risk in IT Occupations Low? Census Bureau Offers Answers
The Census Bureau released an American Community Survey Report titled Occupations in Information Technology, which describes the simultaneous growth i…

26 Aug. 2016 | Comments (0)
Miracle Cure? Why We Should Open the Door to More Foreign-Trained Nurses
Perhaps no profession better illustrates the difficulty of crafting broadly applicable, temporary and permanent skilled worker visa regulations than d…