Job Overview


About the Agency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP) is seeking an Analyst in Labor Policy (Economics) to address issues of employment and income — trends and disparities in labor force participation, employment and unemployment patterns, and the changing nature of wealth and income distributions, and their underlying causes including technical change, globalization, and rising returns to education. The analyst must have a strong quantitative background with demonstrated skills of data manipulation and analysis, and have an understanding of policy research focused on labor market issues, including those concerning broadly expanding economic opportunity.

The analyst will address questions such as: How is the U.S. labor force growing and changing? What are employment patterns among various demographic, socioeconomic, and educational attainment groups? Who are the long-term unemployed? How have returns to education or skills changed over time? What is the impact of immigration on low-skilled labor? How has the economic status of the middle class changed? What employment and training policies can expand economic opportunities and bring about upward wage mobility?

Labor economists, demographers, other social scientists and policy analysts with an understanding of labor economics and strong quantitative research skills are especially encouraged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.


Prepares a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge.

Prepares a variety of analytical reports, memoranda, and written materials on public policy issues within the employee's area of professional knowledge to support congressional decision making.

Participates in planning, organizing, and coordinating group research efforts.

Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.

Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.

Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.