Elise Gould

Elise Gould is director of health policy research at the Economic Policy Institute.

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State and local government austerity in the aftermath of the great recession contributed to a significant shortfall in employment in public K–12 school systems, a shortfall that continued through 2019. (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Views
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Public Education Job Losses in April Are Already Greater Than in All of the Great Recession
It has been well documented that fiscal austerity was a catastrophe for the recovery from the Great Recession. New estimates show that without sufficient aid to state and local governments, the COVID-19 shock could lead to a revenue shortfall of nearly $1 trillion by 2021 for state and local...
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April’s unemployment rate is still an underestimate of the actual number of unemployed workers. It would be higher if all the people who lost their jobs had actually remained in the labor force. (Photo: Witthaya Prasongsin/iStock/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 08, 2020
A Waking Nightmare: Today’s Jobs Report Shows 20.5 Million Jobs Lost in April
A fter a sharp fall in March, payroll employment dropped like a rock in April. I struggle to even put into words how large this drop is. It’s as if all the gains in employment since 2000 were wiped out. Total job losses over the last two months would fill all 30 currently empty Major League...
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An estimated 24.4 million workers filed for unemployment benefits from March 15 through April 18. (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Unemployment Filing Failures
Millions of the newly jobless are going without benefits as the unemployment system buckles under the weight of new claims, according to our new national survey, conducted in mid-April. For every 10 people who said they successfully filed for unemployment benefits during the previous four weeks:...
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Today’s data, combined with yesterday’s unprecedented unemployment insurance claims, show that Congress must act quickly to mitigate as much of the economic harm from the coronavirus as possible. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 03, 2020
March’s Huge Job Losses Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg of What’s to Come
This morning’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show that total payroll employment contracted by a whopping 701,000 jobs in March, including a loss of 713,000 private-sector jobs. As the coronavirus pandemic ripples through the economy, the monthly employment numbers released today show just...
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All measures to fight the coronavirus should automatically continue until the economy no longer needs them. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Though Crucial First Step, Senate Coronavirus Bill Only Fraction of What's Urgently Needed
Family First Coronavirus Response Act is an important first step in the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Senate should pass it immediately. There are provisions for both health spending and paid sick leave as well as income supports in the form of expanded food-assistance...
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Union workers are more likely to be able to stay home and seek medical care, which will help strengthen their communities by being less likely to spread the virus. (Photo: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun) Views
Friday, March 13, 2020
Union Workers Are More Likely to Have Paid Sick Days and Health Insurance
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vast inequalities in the United States between those who can more easily follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to stay home and seek medical attention when needed and those who cannot. High-wage earners are more likely to be able to stay home...
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COVID-19’s incubation period could be as long as 14 days, and little is known about how long it could take to recover once symptoms take hold. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, the Workers Who Need Paid Sick Days the Most Have the Least
The United States is unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic given that many workers throughout the economy will have financial difficulty in following the CDC’s recommendations to stay home and seek medical care if they think they’ve become infected. Millions of U.S. workers and their families don’t...
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Protesters in 2015 rallied outside a Wendy's in Baltimore in support of The Healthy Working Families Act which would require businesses with 10 or more employees to provide up to seven paid sick days a year. (Image: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun) Views
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Lack of Paid Sick Days and Large Numbers of Uninsured in US Increase Risks of Spreading the Coronavirus
COVID-19—commonly known as the coronavirus—is now a potential threat for the United States and we all “need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives,” warned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week. Unfortunately, preparing for the “significant disruption” will...
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There is no silver bullet to solving pay equity, but rather a menu of policy options. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 01, 2019
Equal Pay Day Is a Reminder That you Can’t Mansplain Away the Gender Pay Gap
April 2nd is Equal Pay Day, a reminder that there is still a significant pay gap between men and women in our country. The date represents how far into 2019 women would have to work to be paid the same amount that men were paid in 2018. On average in 2018, women were paid 22.6 percent less than men...
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Unions Help Narrow the Gender Wage Gap
Tuesday, April 4th is Equal Pay Day— the day that marks when a typical woman’s earnings catch up to what a man earned in the previous year. The gender wage gap is a measure of pay disparity between men and women. The research is conclusive: gender wage gaps exist across the wage distribution and...
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