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The Value of Job Ads Data in the Location Decision

This article was originally published in Area Development Magazine in Q1 2023.  Job ads are an important tool for understanding the labor market at a prospective location. Individual job ads — as...
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Economic Impact: Signs of a Slowdown? Watch the Job Market, Which is Slowing Down

This article was originally published in the Richmond Times Dispatch on March 6, 2023.  Given the strength of the labor market and expectations by some for a recession in the later part of 2023,...
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An Update on the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce

A lot has changed since our first blog on this topic in late 2021, and newly released data shed additional light on the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on female employment and its continued...
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Economic Impact: Is a recession in the forecast for 2023? Yield curve says yes

This article was originally published in the Richmond Times Dispatch on January 8, 2023.  Recessions are hard to predict, but many observers are forecasting one for 2023. I’m in that camp as well....
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The Probability of a Recession in Late 2022 is Over 50%

Gross domestic product (GDP) recently contracted in the 1st quarter of 2022, with the economy declining at a 1.6% annual rate after increasing 6.9% in the 4th quarter of 2021. Both trade and...
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Has Labor Force Participation Recovered from the 2020 Recession?

The labor force participation rate has not returned to its pre-pandemic level despite quick recovery in other parts of the economy. The most recent data from June 2022 puts the participation rate at...
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A look at Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Policies in Corporate America

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices are becoming increasingly important in organizations and companies across the United States. Corporate America has been turning its attention to...
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Inflation, Supply Chain Issues Dampen 4th of July Celebrations

It seems likely that more people will be celebrating Independence Day on Monday than did in 2020 or 2021, but rising prices are expected to keep celebrations from reaching pre-pandemic levels again....
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How are Americans Celebrating Father’s Day? | Chmura

With inflation jumping to 8.6% over the last 12 months ending with May 2022 and eroding consumer spending power, what gifts can dads expect this year? How much will their children spend on them? The...
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