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Economic Issues

Majority of Americans Are Now Single

More than half of American adults are not married today -- up from 37 percent in 1976...

Unemployment Is Down Because Fewer Americans Are Looking for Work

Because of the way that unemployment is measured, the falling unemployment rate overstates the health of the American labor market...

The Wage Hike Is Really a $5,700 Tax

If businesses are forced to pay an additional $2.85 per hour for all unskilled laborers, that amounts to an "unskilled labor tax" of $114 per week, adding up to $5,700 annually...

Which Cities Are Most Accessible?

When it comes to congestion, travel time and traffic gridlock, American cities tend to do better than their foreign counterparts...

Higher Wages for Fast-Food Employees Come at a Cost

Of minimum wage workers, two-thirds receive raises within one year of employment...

More Regulations Mean Less Productivity

From 1997 to 2010, output per worker in the least regulated industries increased 63 percent, while output in the most regulated firms increased just 33 percent...

Government Policies Inadvertently Hurt Black Americans

In an interview with Reason TV, author Jason Riley discusses how government policies have hurt the black population...

How to Analyze Today's Unemployment Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its August employment report this morning, and all eyes will be on the unemployment rate. But there are a few other pieces of important data that should be looked at...

Study: Extending Unemployment Benefits Hurt Job Creation

Another study has been released indicating unemployment benefits ultimately hurt the unemployed...

More Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs

An important indicator of labor market health is the job quit rate: how many workers are voluntarily leaving their jobs?...


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