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Human Capital Management Blogs

Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.


  1. Learnings from Survey Research with Americans Age 85+
    The Society of Actuaries (SOA) recently completed the study The Post-Retirement Experiences of Individuals 85+ Years Old. The research includes in-depth interviews and two surveys, a telephone survey of individuals age 85+ and an on-line survey of adult children who are familiar with their parents’ finances and planning.
    (Human Capital Blog, June 2018)

  2. Blue Collar Workers are no Longer Singing the Blues
    The faster growth in wages for blue-collar workers is somewhat surprising, especially since throughout most recent history, white-collar wage growth was higher. We expect labor markets to continue to tighten in the coming years, which will only apply more wage and price pressures across the economy. There are already signs that faster wage growth is already spilling over to producer prices.
    (Labor Markets Blog, June 2018)

  3. Rising Role of Older Women in the Labor Force and Why “Full Employment” May Get Still Fuller
    The rise of women relative to men in the labor force—along with the relative increase in female-dominated and generally lower-paying service sector employment—may be one significant reason why wage growth in this economic recovery has not been as fast as expected or what we are used to experiencing. But it’s also a reason why we can think optimistically that the labor market (and our economy’s true capacity) still hasn’t maxed out.
    (Labor Markets Blog, June 2018)

  4. 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 mortar retail.
    (Labor Markets Blog, May 2018)

  5. What do online job ads tell us about Amazon’s choice for a second headquarters?
    Observing labor demand using online job ad postings for a specific company like Amazon is possible with Help Wanted OnLine® data. Most importantly, HWOL allows us to analyze monthly trends in labor demand both in real-time and historically down to the most granular occupational level for areas throughout the United States. Analyzing trends in online job ads with the granularity of Help Wanted OnLine® broadens our understanding of the overall U.S. labor market.
    (Labor Markets Blog, April 2018)

  6. 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 shortages will trigger the next recession as firms will cut back production in reaction to rising costs. Right now though the LEI is still signaling good economic times ahead. A long period of frustration with talent shortages and rising labor costs would likely be required for labor alone to be the next black swan.
    (Labor Markets Blog, April 2018)

  7. future of nontraditional work arrangements
    This blog describes some of the trends and recent developments that may impact the prevalence of nontraditional workers in the future. Most trends point to a growing share of nontraditional workers, but some developments are likely to have a negative impact. Even when the direction of the impact is clear, there is a lot of uncertainty about the magnitude of the impact.
    (Labor Markets Blog, March 2018)

  8. 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.
    (Labor Markets Blog, March 2018)

  9. Do investors have a reason to worry about the US labor market?
    The economy is likely to keep growing above its long-term 2 percent trend in the next 1-2 years, but a very tight labor market and higher interest rate are likely to pressure stock prices.
    (Labor Markets Blog, February 2018)

  10. Downskilling: Employers can no longer have their cake and eat it too
    With the time to fill positions skyrocketing, some employers may choose to compromise on the educational requirement of their new hires. This blog shows that some companies have already started.
    (Labor Markets Blog, February 2018)