Gig and Independent Work in the Washington Region’s Economy

By Ellen Harpel, President, Business Development Advisors Download the full report as a PDF>> The gig economy and independent work arrangements receive much national attention, but their role in regional economies is not well understood. In this report we describe national level research on the evolving ways work is performed and present several measures of gig and independent

D.C. area job market churns along despite federal drawdown

From The Washington Post: The D.C. area economy generated 64,900 new jobs in the one-year period ended in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, capping off a strong summer for the local job market. The number of federal jobs across the region dropped, however, while the category that includes federal contractors saw the largest

Schar School Stat: Gross Regional Product 2017

This piece ran in the Washington Business Journal in the September 21, 2018 edition. The graphic was prepared by the Washington Business Journal using data supplied by the Institute. The Washington region’s gross regional product (GRP) increased 2.1 percent in 2017. Of all 382 metros, our region ranked 151st in terms of growth. Of the largest 15

Automation in the Washington Region

Guest Post by Lokesh Dani, Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the Schar School of Policy and Government, GMU Download as a PDF>> Automation is seen as a big challenge for society generally and the labor market specifically. Yet, we do not have a full understanding of how automation is changing the labor market and debate

Household incomes in the District rise dramatically in 2017

From The Washington Post: Just a year after sluggish household income reports in the District of Columbia prompted speculation that the city’s boom years were ending, new numbers from the Census Bureau released Thursday suggest District household income has swung dramatically back up. Median household income for the city in 2017 was $82,372, 9.1 percent higher than in