Showing posts from February 16, 2014

America’s Labor Market Has Suffered Permanent Harm

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[Employment appears to have stabilized at lower levels. That is, where jobs are concerned there is no recovery to get to -- this is it. *RON*]
  THE ECONOMIST, FEB. 16, 2014, 3:02 PM

IT TOOK barely a month for the bubble of optimism that formed over the American economy at the start of the year to deflate. Job growth slowed sharply in December, and stayed weak in January, suggesting more than bad weather was to blame.

Measuring the weight of the world

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[Canada is in sixth place. *RON*]

BY KRISTIN MILLER February 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM EST

The United States and Mexico are now effectively tied for a top spot nobody really wants — most obese in the developed world.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), both populations are edging the 70 percent mark for citizens who are considered overweight or obese.*

Walmart’s New Research: A Flattering Self-Portrait

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[This would be darkly humorous if not for the actual harm they do. Walmart will not put one of its stores in an economically depressed municipality. Therefore, they conclude that "communities with Walmart Supercenters in them have fared better economically than those without them." *RON*]
By Steven Mikulan, February 13, 2014 in Labor & Economy

Last year Walmart commissioned a study on itself, and now its findings can be revealed: Walmart is the greatest thing since penicillin. More specifically, the study sees the chain-store titan’s widening footprint on America’s retail landscape as a gift for the communities lucky enough to have a Supercenter land on them.