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Into the trees: Rural housing shortages push some into forests, parking lots

Posted by   /  December 3, 2017  /  Economy  /  No Comments

In the country’s losing effort to house everybody, rural Americans are often overlooked. And in Gila County, there are few safety nets. By Alden Woods | The Republic PAYSON — This place provided nothing, so Doug Stewart tried to prepare for everything. He filled his Jeep with blankets for the cold and tents for the […]

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Infrastructure challenges and opportunities

Posted by   /  December 3, 2017  /  Economy, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange The economy is strong on paper with excellent stats on stocks and employment, even if the benefits the average American usually enjoys in those circumstances, such as wage growth and competitive options, are still lagging. While investment abounds, the ongoing and increasingly rancorous battles between the president, Congress […]

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Arizona’s economy remains robust, it’s just ‘downshifted a bit’

Posted by   /  December 1, 2017  /  Economy  /  No Comments

By Russ Wiles, The Republic Arizona’s economy has slowed over the past year but remains on a growth trajectory with no recession in sight, according to economists speaking at an event in Phoenix on Wednesday. “Arizona has downshifted a bit,” said Lee McPheters, an economics professor at Arizona State University, referring to job growth. But […]

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Institute says automation may wipe out 1/3 of America’s workforce by 2030

Posted by   /  November 29, 2017  /  Economy, Employment Law  /  No Comments

By Steve LeVine | Axios In a new study that is optimistic about automation yet stark in its appraisal of the challenge ahead, McKinsey says massive government intervention will be required to hold societies together against the ravages of labor disruption over the next 13 years. Up to 800 million people—including a third of the […]

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Leaving the office for dirt under the fingernails

Posted by   /  November 24, 2017  /  Economy, Featured News  /  No Comments

Young people pursue farming By Caitlin Dewey | The Washington Post Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill. The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst – who graduated from a liberal […]

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Deep in the desert, an experiment in economic development

Posted by   /  November 22, 2017  /  Economy, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Why businesses and employees from around the country have flocked to the desert in Nevada By Mike Maciag | Governing Storey County is a stretch of sparsely settled Northern Nevada landscape, 264 square miles of largely unpopulated valleys, mountains and rocky desert terrain. Herds of wild horses graze the land. At last count, the county […]

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Which states gamble the most?

Posted by   /  November 22, 2017  /  Economy  /  No Comments

Wallethub The personal-finance website WalletHub has released an in-depth report on 2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States. In order to call out the states where the gambling problem is most prevalent, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 15 key metrics. The data set ranges from presence of illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to […]

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Construction’s economic impact highest in 7 years

Posted by   /  November 22, 2017  /  Economy, Real Estate  /  No Comments

AZRE According to a report released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the private construction industry’s value added as a percentage of the nation’s real gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 4 percent in 2016, the highest level since 2009. The report also shows annual growth in real construction spending, which rose 3.5 percent in […]

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AZ Oct. unemployment dips; construction stays flat

Posted by   /  November 22, 2017  /  Economy  /  No Comments

By Roland Murphy | AZBEX Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell again in October to 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in September, according to the latest report published by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. The national rate dropped to 4.1 percent, down from to 4.2 in September. READ ON:

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Digital talent and housing’s labor shortages

Posted by   /  November 21, 2017  /  Economy, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Increasingly, tech skills are a non-negotiable key to higher pay and career adaptability. By John McManus | Builder Signals. Nine out of 10 accessible “good” jobs require medium- to high-level digital chops. As CityLab co-founder and senior editor Richard Florida notes, a growing chasm between digitally enabled workers, geographical locations, and business sectors sends a strong signal […]

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