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.

Job Openings – Facts and Figures

The median number of days of 65,167 job postings in Richmond was 27 days, meaning that 32,583 get filled in less than 27 days and the remainder take longer. Continue reading

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Some Manufacturing Sectors Are Doing Well

Most people probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that employment at online retailers or internet publishing and web search portal firms grew at a double-digit annual average pace over the last 10 years ending with 2016.

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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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