Jobs and economy (page 2)

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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Unemployment Insurance Report

    Mitch Kokai gave comments to the Winston-Salem Journal for a recent story on Unemployment Insurance (UI) in North Carolina. The story reports on the changes in UI following the Great Recession. According to the article, the state racked up $2.8 billion in debt to the U.S. Labor and Treasury…
    Brenee Goforth, June 20, 2019
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    “What Do the [Tech] Oligarchs Have in Mind for Us?”

    Nothing good, according to Joel Kotkin! In a recent piece at Quillette, he writes: The rulers of the Valley and its Puget Sound doppelganger now account for eight of the 20 wealthiest people on the planet. Seventy percent of the 56 billionaires under 40…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019
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    Licensing Reform Aims To Make It Easier To Find a Job

    Monday, June 17, 2019, Jon Guze, director of legal studies for the John Locke Foundation and Bill Rowe, general counsel and deputy director of advocacy for the progressive N.C. Justice Center, put out the following joint statement: The North Carolina Senate is currently considering a carefully crafted piece of legislation…
    Brenee Goforth, June 17, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    Trade war and the jobs report

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s reports that President Trump’s trade policies might be influencing government employment numbers. Hints of the possible impact of the trade wars were visible in the May employment data reported on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 75,000 last month, more than 100,000 short of economists’…
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2019
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    Cronyism wins when media get lazy

    Here's how media are often lazy in failing to recognize cronyism: they'll suspend their suspicion of big business getting cozy with government when that coziness coincides with their own political preferences.
    Jon Sanders, June 6, 2019
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    Opportunity versus entitlements

    Michael Tanner writes for National Review Online about contrasting ways to address the needs of the poor. It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that most Americans regard the War on Poverty as a failure. According to a new YouGov poll, conducted for the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2019
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    Exploring prospects for dental therapy in North Carolina

    There is an emerging profession in the United States that could potentially improve the quality of and access to oral health care in North Carolina. This profession is that of a dental therapist. JLF’s Jordan Roberts defines a dental therapist like this: Dental therapy is a relatively new profession in…
    Brenee Goforth, June 4, 2019