Paul Morris is a senior research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
St. Louis Fed supplements state and local employment data from the BLS, which provides just one revision a year.
Millennial households had a lower net worth in 2016 than Generation X households had in 2001. But the difference may be due to millennials’ longer schooling and delays in marriage and other major life events.
An analysis of tax data suggests that households in Connecticut are more likely to own stocks than those in Mississippi, even when taking income into consideration.
This slowdown is a national problem, but the cause and impact may not be the same for the whole country. To shed light on these matters, the data for each state’s productivity growth during the current and previous expansions are compared.
To better understand unemployment in key industries, not only the unemployment rate but the duration of unemployment for those in the industry should be considered. Focusing on only the former could lead to misguided efforts to help the jobless.