Mark Labor Day with a year's worth of insight on new hires

Video, extended news release highlight New Hires Quality Index anniversary

This Labor Day week, the Upjohn Institute celebrates the one year anniversary of the New Hires Quality Index, a measure of the earnings power of newly hired workers created by Brad Hershbein. Every month, we update the index with the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey microdata and Hershbein looks at a specific topic in greater depth.

Brad Hershbein speaks with Lisa Abbott about NHQIFor the Wednesday, Sept. 5 release of the New Hires Quality Index, the Upjohn Institute presents a video interview with Hershbein discussing the index and its uses. In the news release itself, Hershbein offers a special extended look at slow wage growth in the economy using both the NHQI and actual reported wages of newly hired workers.

Over the past year, Hershbein has used the index to examine the job market through various lenses, including: metro versus non-metro areas; race and ethnicity; younger and older workers; education level; native and foreign-born workers; goods- and services-producing industries; full- and part-time workers; sectors; and regions. Last month's index compared women and men.

Interactive charts and data downloads are available at: Statistics for actual wage growth are not currently available, but may be added in the future.

The technical report, including methodology, is at:

Data are updated during the first week of the second month following the reference of the data release month. For example, data for July 2018 are released during the first week of September 2018.

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