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What’s The Real Unemployment Rate?(2)

March 18, 2015

The national unemployment rate continues to improve, but don’t tell that to people who are jobless and looking for work. Many of today’s unemployed, particularly those who are younger, have a more negative view of the labor market. Who’s right? The official jobless rate in the nation peaked at 10 percent in October 2009, three […]

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Roanoke Gets Serious About Competing for Young Professionals

Roanokers know they have a challenge stemming the drain of educated young people, just like every other small metropolitan area in the United States. At least they’re asking the right questions: What does it take to recruit and retain young professionals? The Roanoke Regional Chamber is hosting an event later this month, Xperience 2015, to communicate […]

Do Newport News Courts Threaten Virginia’s Pro-Business Reputation?

Virginia consistently ranks as one of the most business-friendly states in America, although lately we have been slipping. According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, since 2001, manufacturing companies have invested $14.5 billion and created more than 72,000 new jobs in Virginia and nearly $4 billion in capital investment. That is most encouraging. The city […]

Are Do-Gooders Making Food Insecurity Worse?

Food deserts are back in the news here in Richmond with the premier of a documentary, “Living in a Food Desert,” at the Richmond International Film Festival. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, who has made food security her signature cause, attended the screening and addressed the audience. More than 300,000 Virginia children are food insecure, she said. […]


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