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Fox Cities: Can’t Hire Tech Workers Fast Enough

Over the past six months I have had the pleasure of visiting with business-owners of all kinds, and one thing I hear from many of them is they can’t find enough technology workers to meet their needs. These anecdotes gave me a sense of the issue, but today I came upon an article that gives […]

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Positive News for Fox Cities

The Valley Home Builders Association recently shared the good news that the Appleton Metro Area has been named among improving markets in the U.S.  From the release: The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months following the respective troughs in those […]

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Data Revisions, Part 2

Last week I wrote about economic data and the revisions that must be considered to get the full picture.  The next day, on Friday, Oct 5, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 114,000 new jobs were created in September, but the real attention went to the unemployment rate, which had fallen to 7.8% — below […]

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Watch Revisions to Economic Data, Too

Nearly everyday we get some indicator or metric that reveals something about our economic progress.  Employment numbers, consumer confidence, job creation, manufacturing output, inventories.  The wealth of data can sometimes feel overwhelming. On the first Friday of each month we get the government’s best guess for the jobs created in the previous month based on […]

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