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The State’s Economy Is Still Sluggish(0)

October 15, 2014

By the appearance started to take shape in many stores in malls and shopping centers, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – the time of year that represents about 20 percent of the retail industry’s total sales. And based on recent announcements by some national retailers to hire more seasonal workers than last […]

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When the Gender Gap Meets the Racial Gap

When remarking upon disparities in educational outcomes, most pundits focus on the racial/ethnic gap between Asians and whites on the one hand and blacks and Hispanics on the other. That’s no surprise, given the distressing size of the gap and the dismal implications of that gap for the prospects for forging a society in which every […]

Mid-Level Income Jobs Not Increasing

A lot has been made about the hollowing out of America, also called “job polarization” by economists. It happened during the recession when the employment in mid-wage occupations declined by a larger number than lower-wage or higher-wage occupations dropped. Since the recovery began, job growth has been lagging in mid-wage occupations. The greatest increase has […]

“The Economy of the Past Is Over.” But What Comes Next?

So, Virginia faces a $2.4 billion projected budget shortfall, which Governor Terry McAuliffe blames largely on defense funding cuts mandated by sequestration. Surprise, surprise. We’ve seen this train wreck coming for years. Some have seen it more clearly and shouted about it more loudly than others. Now it’s here — the slowing economic growth, the […]

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