GovBeat: economy

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Population growth in New Mexico is approaching zero—and other bad signs

A presentation from one of the state’s top economists shows the dire state of the state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, Economic mobility, economy, income inequality, jobs, labor, New Mexico, population

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 01/14/2014

In some parts of the country, there was no recession

A new report offers a granular look at the recession and recovery.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:09 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Counties, economy, newsletter, recession

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Brown proposes billions in new spending, cautiously, as economy improves

Brown’s proposal includes $10 billion in added school funding, but some Democratic pet projects are left out.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, economy, education, high-speed rail, newsletter, States, Transportation

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/06/2014

In some states, nearly half of job-seekers are long-term unemployed

In New Jersey, Florida and the District of Columbia, they make up more than 45 percent of the unemployed, according to new data.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, jobless, jobs, newsletter, Unemployment, unemployment benefits

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Critical vote looms for Boeing Machinists

Boeing’s Machinists will take a high-stakes vote on Friday that will decide the fate of 20,000 jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, economy, jobs, labor, Missouri, South Carolina, States, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Where the 1.3 million people losing unemployment aid this week live

A state and county breakdown of how the expiration of emergency aid on Saturday affects the unemployed.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economic mobility, economy, jobless, jobs, maps, newsletter, Unemployment, unemployment benefits

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Boeing’s 777X wish list revealed

The company wants states to pick up the tab for land and facilities -- and to totally change their tax codes.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  777x, boeing, economy, jobs, newsletter, States

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Map: The 130 cities where fast-food workers are striking Thursday

The movement to raise the minimum wage has been gaining momentum in states and cities.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, minimum wage

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013

The state and local outlook for 2014 is the best it’s been in years, ratings agencies say

The revenue recovery will continue, and the worst seems to be behind for state and local governments.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013

States vie for Boeing jobs, after Machinists vote down contract extension

The Machinists union rejected a contract. Now Boeing is looking to move thousands of jobs elsewhere.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, economy, newsletter, South Carolina, States, taxes, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Watch economic insecurity spread like a virus over a quarter-century

Since 1986, income insecurity has worsened in virtually every state, according to a new measure.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:39 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economic mobility, economy, Mississippi, New Hampshire, newsletter

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The 20 best- and worst-performing metro economies on this map might surprise you

Many of the ten best and ten worst performers are scattered throughout the Midwest and South.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, map, maps, Rankings

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Cities felt recession’s challenges well after recovery began

The nation’s largest cities felt the brunt of the recession long after state and federal governments.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cities, economy, income tax, newsletter, Revenue, sales tax, States, taxes

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Washington legislators to hold special session over Boeing benefits

The legislature will vote on a package of tax cuts and transportation fixes to secure long-term Boeing jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, economy, jobs, labor, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The politics of pot

We chatted with Post TV’s On Background about the politics of marijuana and the changing demographics driving the debate.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Marijuana, States, taxes

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/04/2013

South Dakota will vote on minimum wage increase

Democrats and labor unions will turn in enough signatures to qualify the measure for the 2014 ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, labor, minimum wage, South Dakota, States

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013

States slow to spend billions in TARP funds for underwater homeowners

Nineteen states have been slow to spend money aimed at keeping people in their homes, an inspector general report found.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arizona, California, economy, housing, indiana, Nevada, newsletter, Oregon, States, tarp

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013

After Friday, states will lose $5 billion in food aid

Funding provided by the stimulus bill in 2009 runs out on Friday, and poor families will see benefit cuts.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, economy, farm bill, food aid, Food Stamps, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, newsletter, Poverty, snap, States, texas

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Things are bad for the 15 communities that explored a desperate housing bailout

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:39 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, housing

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Regional economics drive support, opposition to proposed airline merger

Mayors in hub cities back the merger, but some attorneys general are still skeptical.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  american airlines, Arizona, business, economy, merger, Oklahoma, States, texas, us airways, virginia

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/16/2013

North Dakota poised to top 1 million barrels of oil per day

The Bakken oil field is the reason North Dakota’s economy thrived during the Great Recession.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Fracking, North Dakota, recession, States

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The federal government’s got Federal Reserve staff down, but state and local governments are looking better

The Federal Reserve released the minutes of its mid-September meeting, and they reveal starkly different perspectives on federal vs. state and local governments.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:25 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Hawaii’s $14 billion tourism industry back to pre-recession levels

After the recession took a bite out of Hawaii’s biggest industry, tourists are coming back.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:18 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Hawaii, States, tourism

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Household incomes stabilize, but still below 2000 levels

The U.S. median household income was flat last year, but incomes remain far below 2000 levels.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rankings, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/18/2013

In the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, more than half the recovery has come from exports

The nation’s largest metropolitan areas would be nowhere, economically, without the rest of the world.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, exports, metro areas

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Budget fight could hurt Beltway-area local governments

Beltway-area local governments could feel the squeeze if debt ceiling fight leads to downgrades.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:25 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, investments, maryland, ratings, spending, taxes, virginia

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Moody's upgrades state outlooks

Economies in most states have stabilized after five years of recession and recovery, inspiring new confidence in state bonds, according to the ratings agency Moody's.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, housing, moody's, Rankings, ratings

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

Cities and counties facing the prospect of paying new health-care costs are opting instead to reduce the hours their part-time employees work.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, economy, jobs, new jersey, obamacare, taxes, texas, virginia, wisconsin

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Report: Long-term education investments lead to higher wages

A new report finds a strong correlation between a state's education levels and both higher productivity and higher wages.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, education, growth, productivity, Rankings, States, taxes