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A Better Measure of Economic Growth: Gross Domestic Output (GDO)

Categories: Business/Economics,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Describes what Gross Domestic Output is (the average of GDP and gross domestic income), reviews its recent trends, and explains why it can be a more accurate measure of current economic growth and better predictor of future growth.  From the Council of Economic Advisers


Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Measurements, Trends, and Drivers

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,History,Labor/Employment,Statistics

U.S. agricultural output more than doubled between 1948 and 2011, with growth averaging 1.49% per year.  This report looks at the factors behind that growth and whether such growth is expected to continue.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Temporary Help Workers in the U.S. Labor Market: Executive Summary

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Looks at the latest official U.S.  government statistics on the temporary help services industry and its workforce to provide an overview of its role in the labor market and the U.S. economy.  It now accounts for 2.4% of all private sector jobs in the U.S.  From the Economics and Statistics Administration of the Commerce Department


Multifactor Productivity Trends in Manufacturing, 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Manufacturing,Statistics

Multifactor productivity in the manufacturing sector declined at a 0.7 percent annual rate in 2013, the third consecutive decline in this measure.  Provides statistics for durable and nondurable manufacturing.  From the  Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employee Benefits in the United States, 2015

Categories: Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Reports that retirement benefits were available to 66% of private industry workers in the U.S. in March 2015, but only to 31% of workers in the lowest wage category.   In state and  local government, 61% of workers in the lowest wage category had access to retirement benefits.  Also covers medical, insurance, and paid leave benefits.  From the  Bureau of Labor Statistics


Trafficking in Persons Report: July 2015

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Sex Issues

The annual report which covers sex trafficking, forced labor, domestic servitude, child labor, and child soldiers.  Also describes U.S. government efforts to stop human trafficking.  From the State Department


Fixing the Foundations: Creating a More Prosperous Nation

Categories: Business/Economics,Great Britain,Labor/Employment

Plan of the conservative government to improve the British economy by raising productivity levels to those of the U.S.  Parliamentary Command Paper Cm9098


Science and Engineering State Profiles

Categories: Education-Higher,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology,Statistics

An interactive site that provides access to state-level data on science and engineering personnel, finances, and state rankings.  Displays up to 10 state profiles of the user’s choice.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


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