December 2022

Current Level is 81.34 | Change From Last Month +1.03%

Based on JQI data report as of January 6, 2023.


About the JQI

The U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index (JQI) assesses job quality in the United States by measuring desirable higher-wage/higher-hour jobs versus lower-wage/lower-hour jobs. The JQI results also may serve as a proxy for the overall health of the U.S. jobs market, since the index enables month-by-month tracking of the direction and degree of change in high-to-low job composition.

By tracking this information, policymakers and financial market participants can be more fully informed of past developments, current trends, and likely future developments in the absence of policy intervention. Economists and international organizations have in recent years developed other, complementary conceptions of job quality such as those addressing the emotional satisfaction employees derive from their jobs.

For the purposes of this JQI, “job quality” means the weekly dollar-income a job generates for an employee. Payment, after all, is a primary reason why people work: the income generated by a job being necessary to maintain a standard of living, to provide for the essentials of life and, hopefully, to save for retirement, among other things.

JQ-Instant

JQI Explainer Video

The U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index Explanatory Slide Deck

Download a PDF of the slide deck from JQI

Media Mentions

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Monthly JQI Releases

JQI White Paper

View or download the JQI White Paper [PDF]

JQI Team

Contact Us: mgt-jqi@buffalo.edu

UB School of Management

UB College of Arts and Sciences

UB Law School

Aalto University

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

JQI Affiliated Adjunct Faculty

  • Daniel Alpert | Managing Partner, Westwood Capital LLC and Affiliates
  • Jeffrey Ferry | Chief Economist, Coalition For A Prosperous America
  • Amanda Mayoral | Economist, Coalition For A Prosperous America

Current Students

Former Students

JQI Board of Managers

  • Daniel Alpert | Managing Partner, Westwood Capital LLC and Affiliates
  • Marc Fasteau | President, Fulcrum Partners LLC
  • Gregg Fisher | Founder, Quent Capital
  • Michael Stumo | CEO, Coalition For A Prosperous America

The JQI is a development of a consortium of the following institutions:

Our Partners

Coalition for a Prosperours America
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Caparo Technologies Inc
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The University at Buffalo School of Management logo and name used with permission.