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Posts tagged “Mike Walden”

Updated September 29, 2012

Premium Lock Are you better off today? Facts do paint a mixed picture

Economy  Analysis: In general, the economy has improved in the last two years, but whether we're back to where we were prior to the recession depends on which indicator is examined. In answering the better-off question, know what is being measured, the time period being covered and why. This will lead to a better you decide.

August 31, 2012

Premium Lock Debating Medicare's future: How can it be saved?

Economy  Analysis: Government spending for Medicare has been jumping off the charts and soon could comprise an unsustainable chunk of the federal budget. Therefore, all plans to slow the growth of government spending and borrowing have to address Medicare. The big question, of course, is how?

Updated August 27, 2012

Premium Lock Economic concerns cross party lines, but solutions don't

Economy  Analysis: Behind the scenes there actually is substantial agreement about what's needed in the economy, especially from our public policy makers? Well, the good news is there is agreement in at least six areas (by my count) that span the economic and political divides.

Updated August 7, 2012

Premium Lock Is our state an economic leader or a laggard?

North Carolina  Analysis: There is worry today that the North Carolina economic miracle has waned. Income per person in the state, relative to income per person in the nation, began dropping in the late 1990s and is now in the upper 80 percent range. The state's unemployment rate -- perhaps the most watched economic indicator -- surged during the recession to be one of the highest in the country and has been above 9 percent for more than 40 consecutive months. But a look inside the numbers muddies the waters.

Updated July 23, 2012

Premium Lock Today's job seekers need more education, training

Jobs coming back, survey says Two new reports present a challenging future for the job market. Still, we shouldn't throw up our hands and conclude nothing can be done. While tactics and perspectives may have to be changed, there are some credible ideas and paths for job creation that are worthy of consideration. But you decide if they should be followed.

Updated July 16, 2012

Premium Lock Are we really getting straight scoop about inflation?

Inflation next challenge? Analysis: The skepticism about the reported inflation rate revolves around three questions. Does it include everything we typically buy or are some important products omitted? Does it match everyone's personal experience? And why does it often seem prices are rising faster than what the official inflation rate suggests?

Updated July 15, 2012

Premium Lock As William Friday turns 92, N.C. should say 'Thank you'

Opinion: More than any other single individual in the second half of 20th century, William Friday has helped shape the transformation of our state from an agricultural and manufacturing economy driven by tobacco, textiles and furniture to a global competitor that fosters and is fueled by innovation in information technology, bioscience and world-class research, as well as the emerging fields of social entrepreneurship and public service.

Former UNC President William Friday Former UNC President William Friday

Updated July 9, 2012

Premium Lock Are our personal finances back in order?

Wealth Analysis: The conclusion from all this number crunching is that personal finances are in much better shape today than they have been in years. Wealth has returned, household debt payments as a percent of disposable income are back to 1990 levels, delinquencies and late payments are down, and homeowners' equity is beginning to rise. Certainly, many households are still not financially secure, but on average they are moving in a positive direction.

June 15, 2012

Premium Lock What explains N.C.'s high unemployment rate?

North Carolina  Analysis: Prior to the recession, North Carolina had an unemployment rate near 4.5 percent. At the worst point in the recession, the state's jobless rate soared to 11.4 percent, tied for seventh highest in the nation. The big question is, why? There's no easy answer.

Updated March 26, 2012

Premium Lock Tax debate: Higher, lower - What are the tradeoffs?

Politics Analysis: Taxes will be a top topic of discussion this year for several reasons. First, it's an election year, and no matter what the office and what the issues, taxes are at the head of the debate. Second, there's widespread concern about the national debt, and taxes are one way of dealing with our collective red ink. And last - let's face it - arguing about taxes, for many, is just plain fun!

Updated February 27, 2012

Premium Lock 'Gen Z' will inherit challenging economy - and opportunities

Opinion: For "Generaztion Z" young people born between 1995-2010, the economy they inherit will be challenging, fast-paced, require energy and include opportunity.

Who is Gen Z? Who is Gen Z?

February 18, 2012

Premium Lock Is manufacturing really coming back? Yes, but ...

High tech means fewer manufacturing jobs Analysis: Despite a surge, jobs are fewer. How we manufacture things has dramatically changed. Today's factories use much more technology and modern equipment - and fewer workers - than in decades past. This is how our factories can churn out more output with fewer workers.

January 31, 2012

Premium Lock North Carolina's economic 'index' declines in December

However, N.C. State economist Dr. Michael Walden, who compiles the report, says the outlook for 2002 is a "continuing, slow improving state economy."

Tracking NC's economy Tracking NC's economy

January 31, 2012

Premium Lock The economy, the elections and 2012: Key themes to dominate debates

Politics Analysis: Four overarching, basic economic themes that are at the root of most of our specific policy discussions and differences.

Updated December 21, 2011

Premium Lock You decide: Should you buy local?

Mike Walden Opinion: There's a movement afoot to encourage us to buy local, but that has some flaws as well as benefits. Consumers need to decide.

Updated October 17, 2011

Premium Lock As economy struggles, what policy path should we follow?

Economy Analysis: Clearly, the economy is the primary issue in the country. Yet there doesn't seem to be agreement on solutions to our economic problems. Part of the reason is that consensus on solutions doesn't exist among economists.

Updated September 7, 2011

Premium Lock You decide: What should I tell new economics students?

Mike Walden As a new semester starts at North Carolina State University, what do I - and should I - tell undergraduates about this discipline held in both high and low regard?

March 17, 2011

Premium Lock A sure bet: North Carolina's economy will continue to change

North Carolina  The "Big Five" of technology, pharmaceuticals, banking, food processing and motor vehicle parts supplanted the "Big Three" of tobacco, furniture and textiles. What's next?

February 21, 2011

Premium Lock As economy recovers, why aren't the jobs coming back?

Unemployment Analysis fro NCSU economist Mike Walden: CEOs want to make sure the economy has recovered. Plus, improving productivity and lack of job training also hold down hiring.

Updated February 11, 2011

Premium Lock State of world 2011: Are we losing our global economic clout?

Economy  Analysis: Can foreign owners of our debt use it as a form of economic blackmail? And is the U.S. dollar about to lose its status as the number one currency in the world? People are wondering.

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