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The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley provides informed analysis and trusted expertise on labor and employment issues that shape the current policy debate. Our experts are available for interviews on a broad range of topics, including from our on campus TV studio. Our Communications Director, Jacqueline Sullivan, jsullivan@berkeley.edu can assist journalists on deadline or review our recent news releases below.


Press Releases

2017
RELEASE: Seattle’s Minimum Wage Raises Pay without Costing Jobs
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For immediate release CONTACT: Jacqueline Sullivan | IRLE Media Relations jsullivan@berkeley.edu, (510) 604-2289 June 20, 2017 Berkeley, CA – Seattle’s groundbreaking minimum wage law is raising pay for low-paid workers without hurting jobs, according to a new report released today by University of California, Berkeley economists. The report, which analyzes employment data before and after

RELEASE: For California’s self-employed and small business employees, ACA repeal would be a huge setback
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According to a new data brief from UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, more than one million small business employees and over half a million self-employed Californians benefitted from the health insurance options made available under the ACA. Uninsurance among these groups fell sharply from one in five lacking insurance in 2013 to less than one in three in 2015.

2016
RELEASE: Study shows that minimum wage increases are a real boost for restaurant workers and don’t hurt business
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When San Jose increased its minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour in 2013, the city’s low-wage workers received an overnight wage boost that led to small price hikes at restaurants of about 1.5 percent on average and there was no decline in employment, according to a brief released by University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

RELEASE: New California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley to unlock the power of government administrative data
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Government agencies are awash in data, but do not often use it effectively to evaluate and improve public services. A new center at the University of California will be devoted to harnessing the potential of the vast data being collected through the routine provision of services by California government agencies. The California Policy Lab will curate administrative data from across California’s government to produce cutting-edge policy research on key issues from education and criminal justice, to social services and labor.

RELEASE: Report outlines how to make equity part of California’s low-carbon economy
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Governor Jerry Brown’s signing last week of two landmark climate bills, SB 32 and AB 197, demonstrates the emergence of a powerful coalition of environmentalists, labor unions and grassroots “environmental justice” organizations that will be crucial to achieving the new emissions goals, as explained in a new report by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California.

RELEASE: Debunking the Myth that Increasing the Minimum Wage Destroys Jobs
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Many cities and some states are enacting or considering $15 minimum wages. Meanwhile, economists’ debates about their impact have been heating up. Landmark research conducted at UC Berkeley’s Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED) had greatly reduced concerns that past minimum wage increases had negative employment effects. But some economists still claim that substantial job losses will occur among low-skilled workers, such as teens.

RELEASE: California’s Clean Energy Revolution: More Than Just Jobs
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California’s leadership on climate policy solutions has brought much attention to the quantity of jobs created in the state’s renewable energy industry. Yet the quality of those jobs has largely remained a mystery, and clean energy jobs aren’t automatically good jobs. A new UC Berkeley report released this morning at a press conference at the IBEW-NECA Sacramento Area Electrical Training Center finds that California’s principal climate policy, the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), has created good jobs with a career path for non-college bound workers.

RELEASE: One in three U.S. manufacturing workers is on public aid, study shows
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Just over a third of non-supervisory manufacturing production workers in the United States and half of the nation’s manufacturing workers hired through temporary agencies rely on at least one public assistance program to support themselves or their families, according to research by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.