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Upjohn Institute announces 2021 Early Career Research Awards

April 13, 2021
Sixteen researchers received awards totaling $80,000 to carry out policy-relevant research on labor market issues.

Jobs recovery uncertain for the most fragile workers: New Hires Quality Index

March 31, 2021
The share of the earnings power of all new hires held by part-time workers is near a record low.

Stronger employment recovery in Midwest than South: New Hires Quality Index

March 3, 2021
Because of the Midwest's faster growth in the wage index, the region’s recent hires are predicted to have higher earnings as well.

Kalamazoo Promise statistics for 2020: Enrollment down for community colleges, up for 4-year colleges

February 25, 2021
Updated usage and success measures for the Kalamazoo Promise have been posted at

Young workers falling behind: New Hires Quality Index

January 7, 2021
Younger workers’ share of the aggregate earnings power of all newly hired workers is dropping

Upjohn Institute accepting proposals for 2021 Early Career Research Awards

December 3, 2020
The deadline to apply for the awards is January 22, 2021.

Non-metro areas falling further behind as New Hires Quality Index hits new high

December 2, 2020
Upjohn Institute New Hires Quality Index crests new record high, but few in non-metropolitan areas share in the recovery

Black and Hispanic workers show resilience in latest New Hires Quality Index release

November 10, 2020
While the pandemic recession has disproportionately hurt workers of color, the New Hires Quality Index shows the hiring picture may not be as bleak as commonly thought.

Tim Bartik proposes block grant to help distressed communities recover from recession and create jobs

September 23, 2020
These areas already lacked sufficient jobs before the COVID-19 recession and could fall farther behind without help.

Special Labor Day New Hires Quality Index focus on actual reported wages

September 2, 2020
Each Labor Day, Index creator Brad Hershbein examines trends in actual, reported wages of newly hired workers and compares these with the New Hires Quality Index.

Christopher O'Leary talks unemployment insurance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal

August 11, 2020
Watch video of Upjohn Institute Senior Economist Christopher O'Leary on the C-SPAN morning program Washington Journal.

Paper offers roadmap to create jobs in hard-hit areas

August 6, 2020
Aid to state and local governments is a key sticking point in ongoing Congressional negotiations over a new pandemic economic relief deal. Those governments are best positioned to boost jobs in economically distressed areas, according to a new policy paper from Upjohn Institute Senior Economist Timothy Bartik, but the Pandemic Recession has hit state and local budgets hard.

Economic Development Quarterly Issues Call for Proposals on Inclusive Economic Development and Recovery

August 3, 2020
2021 National Economic Summit on Inclusive Economic Development and Recovery Strategies to be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on September 23 and 24, 2021.

Switching local government to a ward system may depress new housing construction

July 21, 2020
New working paper and policy brief show that towns reduced permitted housing units by 21 percent after the switch.