The Workweek: A Round-Up of Labor Market Links for the Week Ending 12/2/16

This week’s labor market news on the tight labor market, how the rich get richer and Baltimore's new minimum wage

Welcome back to The Workweek, the Indeed Hiring Lab’s round-up of the latest research, news, and perspectives that made us think deeply or differently about the labor market this week. It’s your guide to the most important new insights about work.

Here are our picks for this week:

The Economics and Politics of Saving 1,000 Jobs

This week President-elect Trump’s persuasiveness, along with some tax breaks, convinced the manufacturing company Carrier not to move “nearly 1,000” jobs to Mexico. This sparked tons of commentary. Trump got the politics right by focusing on middle-class jobs, rather than on entrepreneurship or on poverty (Business Insider). But the Carrier deal is a “drop in the bucket” compared with the ongoing loss in manufacturing jobs (Wall Street Journal); impossible to do on a larger scale (New York Times); and could actually be a case of the government “picking losers” (Bloomberg View). The darkest view: in negotiating for tax breaks, Carrier “took Trump hostage and won” (Senator Bernie Sanders in the Washington Post).

Mis-Measuring Migration

With Brexit, all eyes are on the United Kingdom’s immigration policies and how they’ll affect whether people move across borders. But the UK government might not be getting a good read on migration levels since the numbers are based on a survey of passengers entering or leaving the country; this survey was not designed to measure migration. Travelers’ eventual actions might differ from their stated intent, and margins of error on the resulting migration estimates are large. (Financial Times)

Working Parents Under Trump

The presidential campaign revealed some policy directions that President-elect Trump might take to help working parents. He proposed six weeks’ paid maternity leave, as well as a child-care tax deduction and other breaks and incentives for child care. Even though it’s too soon to know what the President’s detailed policy priorities will be, they could lead to bipartisan support for helping working families make ends meet. (New York Times)

Finding a Good Job Later in Life

While myths abound about older workers’ job options, the facts are encouraging. Baby boomers are better educated than previous generations of seniors and therefore better able to compete for jobs. Plus, many are able to find jobs even after trying out retirement––you can go back after all. (Wall Street Journal)

In Workers’ Own Words

Ever wanted to ask someone what their job is really like? This series of in-depth interviews asks people about their work, revealing the stresses and joys of all kinds of jobs. Read, in their own words, about the life of an army sergeant, a butcher, an improv teacher, a sexual assault nurse, and dozens more. (The Atlantic)