EARN 101: Data resources and tools for analysis

EARN 101:

Data resources and tools for analysis


Jessica Schieder

Economic Policy Institute/ Economic Analysis and Research Network

Overview of resources


  • Accessing data by state within the workbook
  • Sample Jobs Reports


  • Accessing the workbooks and log-in process
  • Sample SWXX reports

Additional EARN resources

  • Periodic calls and webinars with EPI’s experts
  • SWXX microdata
  • EARN technical support

State Jobs Day at EPI

  • State unemployment and jobs data is released
  • State and local government jobs data is released
  • State population numbers released
  • Updating rankings, RecessionWatch, and maps
  • JobsWatch email sent out to list

Best practices: State Jobs Day

State Jobs by Race & Ethnicity

State of Working XX (SWXX)

Data Workbooks:

  • Jobs
    • Total nonfarm employment
    • Employment by industry
  • Labor Force
    • Unemployment
    • Labor force participation
    • Part-time employment for economic reasons
    • Employment-to-population ratio
  • Wages
    • Wages by decile
    • Wages by gender
    • Wages by race and ethnicity
  • Immigration
    • Foreign-born share of work force
    • Count of prime-age working people by immigration status
  • Miscellaneous
    • Median family income
    • Median household income
    • Poverty rates
    • Health insurance coverage

 Best practices: State of Working X

Additional EARN resources

The public-sector jobs crisis: Women and African Americans hit hardest by job losses in state and local governments

Figure D

Employment shares by sex and race, state and local public sectors versus private sector, 2011

State and local public sectors Private sector
Male Female Male Female
White 29.1% 41.9% 35.3% 31.7%
African American 4.6% 8.2% 4.8% 5.5%
Hispanic 4.5% 6.2% 9.6% 6.3%
Other race 2.4% 3.3% 3.6% 3.2%

Note: Shares may not sum properly due to rounding.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

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