August 02, 2001
Although blue-collar workers were still more likely than their white-collar counterparts to lose their jobs in the late 1990s, the gap in displacement rates between the two groups has narrowed considerably since the early 1980s.
In 1981-82, the displacement rate for blue-collar workers was 7.3 percent, compared with 2.6 percent for white-collar workers. In 1997-98, the displacement rates were 3.1 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.
These data are from a supplement to the Current Population Survey. Displaced workers are those with 3 or more years of tenure in a job lost due to plant closings, the abolition of positions or shifts, or insufficient work available at the employer’s business. Find out more information on displacement in "Worker displacement in a strong labor market" by Ryan T. Helwig, Monthly Labor Review, June 2001.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Displacement rates among blue-collar and white-collar workers on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/july/wk5/art04.htm (visited July 30, 2015).
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.