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Research Roundup: How the downturn is effecting jobs, new studies on health disparities, the clean energy economy, and much more
PSN on June 11, 2009 - 12:30pm
How the downturn is effecting jobs, youth and unemployment insurance systems:
- Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me - In this analysis of May job loss numbers, the Economic Policy Institute notes that only in the midst of a historically steep recession would losing 345,000 jobs in a single month is actually taken as a good economic sign. And on top of job losses, this year has seen a dramatic collapse in wage growth for workers who have kept their jobs.
- Gen Next Squeezed By Recession, But Most See Better Times Ahead - This Pew study finds that the economic downturn has hit younger Americans in substantial ways, including forcing many of them to move in with a friend of relative, but their overall outlook remains optimistic for the future.
- Unemployment Insurance Buckles After Years of Underfunding and States’ Unemployment Insurance Funds Founder After Years of Poor Planning - This series of stories by ProPublicaMarketplace provides an in-depth investigation of disparities in unemployment help in different states, poor planning that has left many systems close to insolvency, and policies used in a few states that maintain healthy balances to support the unemployed. and public radio's
New Studies on Health Disparities:
- Health Disparities: A Case for Closing the Gap - This report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlights the health disparities among low-income individuals and racial and ethnic minorities and argues for reforms to address them.
- Putting Women's Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level - This Kaiser Family Foundation study uses 25 indicators, including rates of heart disease, AIDS, and diabetes as well as insurance coverage and health screenings to look at health disparities in each state among women of different racial and ethnic groups.
The Clean Energy Economy - A Pew study finds that between 1998 and 2007, jobs in the clean energy economy grew at a national rate of 9.1 percent while traditional jobs grew by only 3.7 percent. These 770,000 jobs extend to all 50 states and engage a wide variety of workers while generating new industries.
Spending by Another Name: The 2009 Ohio Tax Expenditure Report - In examing a state report on tax credits, deductions and exemptions, Policy Matters Ohio finds that the states loses more than $7 billion in foregone revenue each year and suggests that, to deal with the revenue crisis, the state limit or eliminate unnecessary credits and exemptions.