Author Archives: Christine Chmura

About Christine Chmura

Christine Chmura is president and chief economist at Chmura Economics & Analytics. She can be reached at (804) 649-3640 or at chris@chmuraecon.com.

Labor Force Participation Lowest in Decades

As we celebrated the achievement of American workers on this Labor Day, we shouldn’t forget those who are left out of the labor market. The labor force participation rate, which is the percent of the civilian population 16 years and … Continue reading

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High Tech Jobs Remain in Great Demand

With students packing up to go back to college this month with declared or undeclared majors, it’s a good time to consider the fields that graduating students are going into and whether they match up with the skills businesses need. … Continue reading

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Student Loan Defaults Increase

Household debt surpassed its 2008 recession peak in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At $12.73 trillion, household debt stood at $149 billion or 1.2 percent above the … Continue reading

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Demand Anticipated for Jobs in Health Care, Retail

What jobs will be in hot demand in the Richmond region during the next decade? Jobs in the health care and social assistance sector and in the retail industry top the list. For instance, the health care and social assistance … Continue reading

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Manufacturing in Virginia: Producing More with Less

Manufacturing often gets a bad rap. That’s probably because the sector has declined by more than 4.9 million jobs since January 2000. The industry also has perception issues. Who wants to work in a dirty old factory with oil on … Continue reading

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