Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

North Carolina jobs

North Carolina appears to be ending the year on a good note for jobs, with the state jobless rate now down to 8 percent after peaking at more than 11 percent during the recession. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses whether we’ll continue to see progress in 2014.

Why isn’t inflation higher?

There’s been much criticism over the Federal Reserve ‘s policies in recent years, especially among those who say that the amount of money the Fed has created will eventually result in higher inflaction. Why hasn’t that occurred yet? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The military’s impact

The military is an important part of North Carolina’s economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains some measures of the military’s impact on our state.

Costs and benefits of ultra-low interest rates

Interest rates have been super low for almost five years now. Has the Federal Reserve’s efforts to keep the interest rates it controls been a plus or minus for the economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What a difference two decades make

Time changes things and often fools us. Things don’t often change in the way we might imagine. Can we see this in our energy use and production? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Will driving decline?

Many communities are debating how to handle traffic, deciding whether mass transit systems or more highways are the answer. But some folks predict that driving will significantly decline in the future. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

Concierge medicine

Health care and the new affordable care act have made headlines almost every day recently. But flying below the radar is another development in health care called concierge medicine. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden describes what it means.

They’re still coming to North Carolina

Statistics for household movement between states over the last two years are now available. Has the trend of people moving to North Carolina continued? N.C. State University econnomist Mike Walden answers.

Good gas prices

Most of us received an early Christmas in the form of a price we see almost every day: gas prices. In some markets, prices have tumbled to their lowest level in three years. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at the cause of this good news.

Revolving unemployment

Some people think of unemployment as someone losing a job, staying unemployed for a while and then finally getting a new job. But this isn’t always the case, explains N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

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