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Americans Ditch Food Places to Dine-in

Americans Ditch Food Places to Dine-in

Restaurants could be in trouble as their menu costs soar and grocery stores lower their prices. Over the past year, the consumer price index – an index measuring the changes in prices for goods and services – showed a 2.3 percent increase in the food-away-from-home index and a 0.8 percent […]

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Construction Labor Costs Drive Home Prices Up, Pushing Buyers Out

Homebuilders are desperate to build more homes as demand accelerates across the country though they can’t because they simply do not have enough workers. The dearth in labor has squeezed homebuilders who have seen costs rise. It is the rise in labor costs in particular that has some construction firms […]

Teenage Labor Force Participation Rate Declining

Teenage Labor Force Participation Rate Declining

Five days a week Emma Wender wakes up at 5:45 a.m. After only a few hours of sleep she’s in her parent’s car, the sun peaking over the Manhattan Bridge to the east. Wender, 18, begins her day ice skating at Sky Rink in Chelsea Piers. About an hour of […]

H-1B Employees Could Help Manufacturers Hire Again

H-1B Employees Could Help Manufacturers Hire Again

President Trump has staked his presidency on reviving manufacturing and restricting immigration, and he seems to think the two go hand in hand. He’s wrong. Manufacturing companies say they need skilled immigrants to build and maintain advanced factories, and the blue-collar workers the president has promised jobs to aren’t being […]

Who Pays for Canada’s Dairy Farmers?

Who Pays for Canada’s Dairy Farmers?

When the Canadian dairy industry set below-market prices on milk ingredients earlier this year, Craig Alexander saw his company’s sales to Canada shrink before his eyes. Alexander works for O-AT-KA Milk Products, a dairy cooperative in Batavia, NY. Before the new rules were enacted, Alexander said his company shipped about […]

Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level In A Decade

Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level In A Decade

Job growth rebounded this month after a significant dip in March, easing fears that the economy may be weakening, and the unemployment rate remained steady at its lowest level in a decade. Hiring picked up sharply in April with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting Friday morning that the US […]

Five Things to Watch in April Auto Sales Report

Five Things to Watch in April Auto Sales Report

Today is the sales cutoff for the month of April and the auto sales report will be released tomorrow. This month’s report will indicate for many whether the slump in sales seen in March’s report will continue the rest of the year. Last month’s seasonally-adjusted annualized rate came to 16.62 […]

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Five Things to Watch For in March Durable Good Orders Report

The monthly good orders report for March comes out on Thursday morning, just shy of the gross domestic products report as well as President Donald Trumps 100th day in office. The report shows the health of the manufacturing sector and, as a result, a foreshadow of business investment spending. Overall, […]

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Five Things to Watch in the February Home Prices Report

The Case Shiller Home Prices Indices for February 2017 will be released on Tuesday morning. Last month’s report saw a 5.9 percent annual gain in the national index for the month of January, up from 5.7 percent in the previous month. Prices are at an all-time high since the housing […]