Data Library

The State of Working America Data Library provides researchers, media, and the public with easily accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive historical data on the American labor force. It is compiled from Economic Policy Institute analysis of government data sources. Use it to research wages, inequality, and other economic indicators over time and among demographic groups.

Policy Watch

Policy Watch tracks actions by the Trump administration, Congress, and federal agencies that affect working people and the economy. Our team of economists and labor lawyers will assess these actions to determine if they help working people or only benefit the wealthy few.

Economic Indicators

Read timely day-of-release analysis by EPI’s economists on monthly national and state jobs data, quarterly GDP and international trade data, as well as annual census data on poverty, income and employer-provided health insurance.

Family Budget Calculator

EPI’s Family Budget Calculator measures the income a family needs in order to attain a modest yet adequate standard of living. The budgets estimate community-specific costs for 10 family types (one or two adults with zero to four children) in 618 locations. Compared with the federal poverty line and Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America.

Low Wage Workforce Tracker

EPI’s Low Wage Workforce Tracker shows the current and historical number of workers paid low wages in the U.S. economy, by different wage thresholds and demographic groups. Understanding the scope of low pay in this country is a critical step in fixing the problem and ultimately creating a more equitable economy.


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State of Working America

The State of Working America, an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy’s effect on the living standards of working Americans.

Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN)

EARN is a deep-rooted national network that connects public policy thinkers and activists to win progressive state and local economic policy change.


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