• Jobs, Growth and the Dubious Worth of Tax Incentives

    From Governing:  As governments struggle to keep and attract employers and jobs, economic development incentives such as tax-increment financing and tax abatements are becoming more popular, as evidenced by the nationwide frenzy to offer massive tax breaks...

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  • Landing Amazon HQ2 Isn’t the Right Way for a City to Create Jobs. Here’s What Works Instead.

    From Brookings:  Amazon’s highly visible search for a second headquarters has offered one tremendous public benefit: it has raised public awareness of what bad economic development is. Even Saturday Night Live satirized the lengths to which local officials will...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • The Rust Belt Needs Capital to Turn Talent and Innovation Into Jobs

    From Brookings:  Since Rust Belt voters tipped the results of the 2016 election, interest in effective strategies for supporting new business and job growth in this important region has intensified. Such interest recognizes that the states of...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • Help Wanted: St. Louis Needs Larger Skilled Workforce to Grow Economy

    From St. Louis Public Radio:  Job skills are the focus of the 2018 State of the St. Louis Workforce study published Wednesday by the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. This year’s report is titled “Help Wanted:...

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  • Construction Jobless Rate Hits 18-Year Low, Industry Adds 19,000 Jobs

    From Engineering News-Record:  The construction unemployment rate for July dropped sharply from June and year-earlier levels, falling to 3.4%, the lowest monthly figure since at least January 2000, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says. The bureau’s latest...

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  • Why Communities Across America Struggle to Fill Jobs

    From LinkedIn Dustin McKissen:  Though hiring managers are struggling to fill jobs across the nation, the shortage of workers facing the country’s employers is particularly pronounced in the Midwest, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. While the Journal’s analysis is...

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  • Construction Employers Add 17,000 Jobs in April and 257,000 for the Year

    Construction employment increased by 17,000 jobs in April and by 257,000 jobs over the past year while firms boosted pay to help recruit new workers, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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  • Good Jobs That Pay Without a BA – A State-by-State Analysis

    From GoodJobsData.org:  Click here for the report, “Good Jobs That Pay without a BA: A State-by-State Analysis“. About the Source: The Good Jobs Project, a research project by The Georgetown Center and JPMorgan Chase, is created to...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Job Growth Slows in 2016, But Wages Are Rising

    From Los Angeles Times:  The U.S. economy finished 2016 with a slowdown in job growth but a surge in wage gains, a mixed picture that has come to mark President Obama’s stewardship of the nation’s long but relatively weak...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Trump Infrastructure Plan Should Include Skills Training

    From Construction Citizen:  One of the things President-elect Donald Trump did not stress during his successful campaign for the White House is the need for those who are out of work to be trained for new careers....

    • Posted 2 years ago
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