Eric Morath, Wall Street Journal

Eric Morath

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Past articles by Eric:

Falling Unemployment Could Add to Worries About the U.S. Labor Market

A lower rate could signal that many people are staying out of the workforce, which could add to employers’ hiring difficulties. → Read More

Tight Labor Market Seen Keeping New Jobless Claims in Check

Thursday’s Labor Department report will offer an initial look at employment rolls after federal pandemic unemployment programs ended. → Read More

Job Postings Level Off as Delta Variant Cools Demand for In-Person Workers

Previously strong demand for restaurant, salon and other in-person service positions has eased, but openings remain near records on white-collar strength. → Read More

Unemployment Claims Trending at Pandemic Lows

Businesses have kept layoffs in check despite concerns about Delta variant of Covid-19. → Read More

Fast-Spreading Delta Variant Threatens Robust U.S. Job Gains

Employers are estimated to have added jobs at a robust rate in July, consistent with an economy that was on the mend before the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus threatened to slow the strong hiring trend. → Read More

U.S. Jobless Claims Edged Up to 373,000 Last Week

Initial unemployment claims, a proxy for layoffs, rose by 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 373,000, the Labor Department said, as many states are ending participation early in pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs. → Read More

Lower-Wage Workers See Biggest Gains From Easing of Covid-19 Pandemic

New jobs at restaurants, hotels, stores, salons and similar in-person roles accounted for about half of all payroll gains in June, and workers in those industries are seeing larger raises than other employees. → Read More

Job Openings Rise Despite Hiring Slowdown

The number of available jobs grew in April as the pace of hiring slowed, pointing to a widening gap between employers’ unfilled positions and available workers. → Read More

Policy Makers Can’t Agree on Causes of Shortage of Workers

The shortage threatens to restrain the pace of economic growth while the U.S. emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. → Read More

Millions Are Unemployed. Why Can’t Companies Find Workers?

U.S. employers in sectors like manufacturing and restaurants aren’t finding enough people to hire, threatening to hold back the country’s economic recovery. Among the reasons potential workers are holding back: fear of getting Covid, lack of child care and enhanced unemployment benefits. → Read More

Biden Blocks Trump-Era Gig-Worker Rule

The Labor Department said it is nullifying a rule that sought to make it more difficult for a gig worker to be counted as an employee under federal law covered by federal minimum-wage and overtime regulations. → Read More

U.S. Unemployment Claims Fell to 553,000 in Latest Week

Jobless claims fell again to the lowest level since the pandemic took hold more than a year ago, another sign the labor market is rebounding this spring. → Read More

U.S. Jobs Growth Appears Set to Take Off

The labor market is poised for a hiring spree that could deliver jobs to the industries, regions and workers hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. → Read More

New Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits to Keep Stimulus Flowing Through Summer

Some economists see payments in the pandemic-relief package helping workers and the economy, while others say the payments may keep people from seeking jobs as recovery ramps up. → Read More

U.S. Unemployment Claims Fell to 730,000 Last Week

Jobless claims fell to 730,000 last week, as the pandemic eased a little and winter storms that swept across the country created disruptions. → Read More

What Walmart Raises Mean for President Biden’s $15 Minimum-Wage Plan

Supporters of a higher minimum wage can argue the move is proof employers can afford wage increases, while opponents can say it is an example of effective free-market forces. → Read More

Biden’s Minimum-Wage Proposal: When Would It Reach $15 an Hour?

The federal minimum wage would rise to $15 an hour over a number of years under a proposal that Democrats hope to include in a broader $1.9 trillion Covid-19 aid bill, but the idea has met some resistance and the proposal’s fate is uncertain. → Read More

Temporary Jobs Propped Up January Hiring

Hiring of temporary workers accelerated last month, and without those gains U.S. employers would have shed payrolls for the second straight month in January. → Read More

Biden Wants a $15 Minimum Wage. Here’s What People Say It Would Do to the Economy.

President Biden says his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will lift many low-wage workers out of poverty, but some businesses and economists warn it could cost jobs as the U.S. recovers from pandemic layoffs. → Read More

What to Know About President Biden’s $15-an-Hour Minimum-Wage Plan

Congressional Democrats propose phasing in the higher pay floor over five years. → Read More