HKS Affiliated Authors

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, HKS; Professor of the Practice of Economics, FAS


October 12, 2022, Opinion: "The September US employment report signaled the labor market has cooled from earlier in 2022. The economy added 263,000 jobs, down from the average gain of 444,000 in the first half of 2022. Wage growth is slower than in the beginning of the year, but it has plateaued in recent months and remains above pre-pandemic levels.  Six months ago (March 2022 in blue), more industry job openings were associated with considerably faster wage growth, suggesting that patterns of supply and demand for workers were playing an important role in driving wage growth earlier in the pandemic recovery. In September (red), however, that relationship was much weaker; the difference in wage growth between industry sectors with many job openings and those with few job openings was much smaller." Read Via PIIE