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Update on the Earnings of New Hires in Manufacturing

This report, which updates analyses we published in 2013 and 2014, finds that the manufacturing sector continues to offer a pay premium relative to other industries.  Although this pay premium fluctuates with the business cycle, it has persisted over time for both new hires and incumbent workers, providing evidence that the manufacturing sector continues to offer good jobs for workers.

New Insights on Retail E-Commerce

The U.S. Census Bureau has been collecting data on retail sales since the 1950s and data on e-commerce retail sales since 1998. As the Internet has become ubiquitous, many retailers have created websites and even entire divisions devoted to fulfilling online orders. Many consumers have turned to e-commerce as a matter of convenience or to increase the variety of goods available to them. Whatever the reason, retail e- commerce sales have skyrocketed and the Internet will undoubtedly continue to influence how consumers shop, underscoring the need for good data to track this increasingly important economic activity.

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