• 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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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 2015, the number of non-employer businesses grew by 2.1 percent, around its average of 2.0 percent since 2010 and well below its 4.1 percent average growth between 2002 and 2007. So far, stronger growth of 3.6 percent in 2014 has not translated into a sustained acceleration in freelancing activity.

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 United States for 90 days. These restrictions have been suspended temporarily by courts. We can examine the role recent immigrants from “the executive order seven” countries currently play in the US labor market as a means of assessing the potential impact of this policy.

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 next 15 years, the working-age population in the US will barely grow. Going forward, expanding our country’s labor supply is one of our major economic and societal goals. How can this be achieved?

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 in both the number of IT workers and detailed IT occupational titles, which helps illustrate some of the reasons why we concluded that future labor shortage risks would be low in most of these occupations.

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 does nursing. Two solutions exist in terms of managing the supply of nurses.

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’s Satya Nadella, Oracle’s Safra Catz, and Apple’s Tim Cook. They plan on covering a host of topics, including the elephant in the room: our fundamentally flawed immigration system. Left unaddressed, the issue poses a growing threat to several sectors including tech. For a course correction, it would behoove summit participants to consider a policy

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…