Archives for June 2014

Unemployment by State and County

Unemployment rates vary drastically by state depending on local conditions and a state’s individual legislative policies. As a general rule those states with a “pro-business” stance have lower unemployment rates than those who punish businesses through high taxation and miles of “red-tape”. Currently, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6% while  Nevada has […]

Productivity Down in First Quarter 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its revised estimate of productivity and costs for the first quarter of 2014. According to this report productivity in the “Non-farm” sector fell drastically.  “The decrease in productivity was the largest since the first quarter of 2008 (-3.9 percent).” Productivity is a measure of how much stuff […]