Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Budget factors

The battles over the federal budget continue. When someone looks at trends in the federal budget and tries to evaluate changes, what kinds of considerations are important? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Why are stocks high with jobs low?

The stock market has skyrocketed this year to new highs, but the job market still faces challenges. Is the trend in the stock market an example of Wall Street ignoring the problems on Main Street? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Factory boost

Manufacturing was hard hit during the recession, but there is evidence of a rebound over the past couple of years. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives a status report on the condition of manufacturing.

Reforming unemployment assistance

The government provided an unprecedented amount of assistance to unemployed workers during the recession. As a result, there’s been talk about changing the system, perhaps by reducing the number of weeks an unemployed person can receive cash help. Have economists thought about some other approaches? N.C. State University’s Mike Walden responds.

An important job statistic

We’re bombarded daily by new economic statistics. Indeed, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden has been touting a sometimes overlooked jobs number that some say is signaling a positive outlook.

Do machines help or harm employment?

It seems we have a love-hate relationship with machines. On the one hand, machines help us improve our standard of living, but on the other hand machines can destroy jobs that used to be done by people. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether machines are a net plus or a net minus for employment.

Paying taxes

It’s tax-filing time, so there’s much talk about that old adage, “There’s nothing certain except death and taxes.” But some say this adage isn’t true for everyone – that many people actually pay no taxes. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what the numbers show.

North Carolina’s economic prospects

The recession hit North Carolina hard, and the recovery has been modest. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden points out, there are bright spots on the economic horizon.

How bad was it?

American economists are still trying to assess and understand what we now call the Great Recession. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses an astonishing number related to that recession.

What’s behind the slow job recovery?

Although jobs have been increasing in the past two years, by most measures, the gains have been modest. N.C. State University’s Mike Walden explains the reasons economists give for the slow recovery.

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