Older workers leave labor force in pandemic, but maybe not for good

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has published a new brief tracking changes in older adults’ labor force participation in the context of COVID-19. The authors report that the pandemic triggered labor force exits among older workers, with 15 percent of the pre-pandemic group exiting the workforce by the one-year mark. However, the… Read more »

Georgetown proposes holistic approach to youth policy in the transition to adulthood

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has published a new report describing how pandemic-era demand for workers intersects with the longer-term trend of a “deteriorating” labor market for young adults. The authors identify the “dot-com” bubble recession of 2001, the Great Recession, and the COVID-19 recession as discrete events in shaping youth employment… Read more »

New report describes business leaders’ perspectives on, and roles in, childcare

A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center describes findings from a series of roundtable conversations on childcare with business leaders in 2019 and 2020. The report finds that many business leaders are aware of how childcare affects their employees, even if they’re unclear on their role in addressing the challenge. The authors find business size… Read more »

College enrollment down in Maine, but especially in community colleges

The Portland Press Herald reports substantial declines in Maine’s Community College System enrollment levels since pre-pandemic, with declines happening in both fall 2020 and 2021. Enrollment has also declined, albeit by less than half as much, in the University of Maine System. The article suggests that the greater declines among the community college system are… Read more »

Amid national improvement, October jobs report shows no recovery for women and workers of color

Although the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report showed a small decline in employment nationwide (4.8 to 4.6 percent), these gains have notbeen uniformly realized. Adult men saw a decline in unemployment of 0.4 percentage points (to 4.3 percent), while adult women experienced a 0.2 percentage point increase (to 4.4 percent). Black unemployment rates… Read more »

Summary of early childhood educator convening focuses on racial, economic, and social justice

The Urban Institute recently published coverage of its January 2021 convening of early childhood education researchers, which focused on strengthening financial equity and workforce wellbeing among educators with a racial, economic, and social justice lens. The paper summarizes discussion and presentations from the event, concluding that the pandemic worsened conditions of pay and wellbeing for… Read more »

Research links achievement of young adulthood milestones to economic stability, finds sequence matters less

A new report from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation examines the 20-year-old policy approach focused on the “success sequence,” or the idea that young adults who complete adulthood-transition milestones in a specific order are more likely to become economically successful. The report considered the completion, timing, and order of these milestones, including high… Read more »

Median earnings and median household income decline overall from 2019 to 2020

New income statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) show the uneven impact of the pandemic. From 2019 to 2020 there was a 1.2 percent decrease in median earnings and a 2.9 percent decrease in median household income. However, among full-time, year-round workers, median earnings… Read more »

Findings from a partnership to support Detroit’s informal child care providers

A new brief from Mathematica details findings from their recent partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and three community serving organizations in Detroit. As part of the Foundation’s work to increase access to ECE among Detroit families, this partnership offered child development knowledge and skills programming to 70 informal child care providers in Detroit (all… Read more »