Press Releases

2016
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.