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January 9th, 2019 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- While measures of consumer confidence are worth factoring into assessments on the economy, data on consumer actions is what matters. The same, of course, can be said of surveys about what business owners and executives say they are going to do regarding investment versus the actual investment numbers. […]

January 4th, 2019 by

The best year for U.S. job growth for some time by Raymond J. Keating- Employment growth in the U.S. finished strong in 2018, according to the December jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. First, according to the establishment survey, nonfarm payrolls increased by a robust 312,000 in December. Payroll growth was particularly […]

January 3rd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Nine states actually experienced a decline in population in 2018, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, eight of those states have now suffered an uninterrupted streak of multi-year population losses. Consider the numbers regarding these eight states:  ● West Virginia has now lost population for six […]

December 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- No matter the short term price changes and accompanying reactions in the market, the story of American energy production has been the most significant economic plus for the U.S. economy for some 13 years now. For good measure, while trade has been an area of policy indifference or troubling protectionism for […]

December 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Oregon ranked 42nd among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2017: Oregon ranked 42nd among […]

December 14th, 2018 by

SBE council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan appeared on Newsy.com to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship to the U.S. economy and the challenges facing millennial entrepreneurs. There has been a big drop-off in new business creation among this cohort, and this Newsy feature explores what that could mean for the U.S. economy. Watch the segment […]

December 14th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- At first glance, the topline growth number of 0.2 percent on retail sales for November would seem a bit underwhelming. But digging just below the surface, one discovers a better story. When you factor out volatile gas station sales, retail sales in November grew by 0.5 percent. That points to […]

December 12th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest news on Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was good. After a blip up (+0.3 percent) in October, the CPI remained unchanged in November. And over the past year, CPI inflation ran at only 2.2 percent. Sometimes people forget that low inflation is […]

December 7th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wasn’t poor, nor was it robust regarding overall employment growth. It was a respectable month. However, concerns continued regarding self-employment as a measure of entrepreneurship. The establishment survey pointed to a gain of 155,000 in payrolls. That was down notably […]

December 2nd, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Arizona ranked sixth best among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2017: Nevada ranked 11th […]

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