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Transitioning Military - The Status of Veteran Employment

A 2019 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 45% of veterans would say that “the military prepared them ‘not well at all’ or ‘not too well’ for the transition to civilian life.”[1] A major...
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Covid-19, 
Economic Impact, 
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Economic Impact: Sales for back-to-school shopping should be much stronger this year

This article was originally published in the Richmond Times Dispatch on August 8th, 2021.  Similar to many other businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on many retailers. Even...
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Covid-19, 
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JobsEQ, 
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Pro

Accuracy Matters

Accuracy Matters One of the things we at Chmura take pride in is hearing our clients praise the accuracy of our data, a difference they notice relative to other economic data sets they’ve seen. We’re...
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Covid-19, 
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COVID-19 Job Trends: June 2021 Update

New job ads surged in the second quarter of 2021, well exceeding the peak ad volume prior to the COVID downturn. Most occupation groups recovered to prior levels of activity, though with a few...
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Education, 
JobsEQ, 
Case Study

How JobsEQ Helps Illinois Students Succeed

Before JobsEQ: "It took so much time every quarter..." In an increasingly competitive labor market, preparing students with the necessary skills that match with what businesses in the region need has...
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Covid-19, 
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Fourth of July Plans Returning with a Bang? Not Yet for Community Celebrations

Americans’ plans to celebrate July Fourth include increased spending on food items and more cookouts, but a muted return to fireworks and community celebrations. The National Retail Federation...
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Economic Development, 
Workforce, 
Data, 
Trends

New Green Occupations for JobsEQ

As the urgency to combat climate change increased globally, there has been an effort to change how businesses produce goods and services. This has promoted what is called the “Green Economy.” The...
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Covid-19, 
Economic Impact, 
Economy, 
Trends

Economic Update: With prices surging due to inflation, a paycheck isn’t going as far as it used to

This article was originally published in the Richmond Times Dispatch on June 13th, 2021.  Rising prices due to new inflation Gasoline prices in the Richmond region and beyond have been increasing in...
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Covid-19, 
Data, 
Trends

2020 Census Estimates and Population Movement During Onset of Pandemic

Some reports have suggested urban neighborhood population losses due to the pandemic as well as some state-to-state displacements. The newly released Census data from “2019 to 2020” (which captures...
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