• About the Author: Ben Cheng

    Ben Cheng is an associate economist in the economics department at The Conference Board. He received his undergraduate degree in economics with honors and mathematics at New York University. Ben …

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19 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Still Dropping: The Impact of Oil Prices on the Labor Market Is Becoming More Visible
A few weeks ago, we posted a blog titled, Huge Drop In New Job Ads For Oil-Related Occupations, describing the impact of the drop in oil prices on the labor market. Since then, we’ve learned more. Today, we draw on new data and our expanded analysis to update and add to our previous results.

03 Mar. 2015 | Comments (0)
Huge Drop In New Job Ads For Oil-Related Occupations
The drop in oil prices is likely to be net positive for employment in the United States. But it’s not good news for everyone. While we have not seen a large employment drop in the oil and gas extraction industry, we do see a drop in new job ads in oil and gas extraction-related occupations.

07 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
Occupations Most At Risk of Labor Shortages in the Next Decade
In an earlier blog, we discussed the macroeconomic implications of the labor shortages in the U.S. that we predicted are looming through 2030. In this blog, we identify occupations that are most at risk of experiencing labor shortages through 2022.

01 Feb. 2013 | Comments (1)
A Huge Increase in the Percent of Workers Planning to Delay Retirement
According to a new report released by The Conference Board, older workers intend to postpone their retirement now more than ever, despite a recovering U.S. economy.

16 Jan. 2013 | Comments (3)
Research Shows Employees More Likely To Telework
Last year, The Conference Board published a report on the upward trend of teleworking and its implications on business. Using the American Community Survey, the report found slow but steady growth in the percent of full-time employees working from home.

28 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
In Praise of the American Community Survey
Last week, the United States Census Bureau released data from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). We believe the ACS should be an important source of information for many human capital professionals. Here’s why...

06 Sep. 2012 | Comments (0)
Quit rates – Still Low and Are Unlikely to Rise Much in the Coming Months
For human capital executives, labor turnover and retention rates are among the most important measures to follow. Given the high cost of replacing existing workers, companies should hope for high retention (i.e. low quit rates) in their payroll.

09 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
State Employment Recovery
While employment in the United States has been increasing in almost every state over the past 2 years, the magnitude of the increase has varied quite significantly between states.

18 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Is There a Talent Shortage in the U.S.? Start By Looking at Hours Worked
Talent shortages are difficult to measure and identify. We propose that one way to learn if there are talent shortages is to examine the average weekly hours worked by occupation.