150,000 Jobs Lost In Wisconsin – Why?

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion and debate over who and what is responsible for job growth and loss in Wisconsin. Shift Share, a traditional economic analysis tool, can help us understand the major factors contributing to employment growth or loss in a region. Shift-share allocates changes in employment to three factors: 1) […]

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Economic development and e-commerce

According to the most recent E-Stats report from the U.S. Census, retail consumers in the United States spent $145 billion online in 2009. However, that represents only 4.0 percent of total U.S. 2009 retail sales of $3.6 trillion. QUESTION: In 2009, U.S. manufacturing shipments totaled $4.4 trillion. What percentage of the $4.4 trillion in manufacturing […]

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E-Commerce Returns

Borders, the second largest bookstore chain in the country, was unable to compete with online competitors and is in the midst of a going-out-of-business sale. Facebook recently announced that it has more than 750 million active users. Sometimes it seems that the internet’s primary functions are shopping, networking, and email. That is not the case. […]

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The Brain Gain

According to the U.S. Census, the number of 10 to 19 year olds in Iowa County declined by -13.1 percent between 2000 and 2010. While the number of 20 to 29 year olds increased slightly (5.2 percent), the number of 30 to 39 year olds living in Iowa County fell dramatically (-23.6 percent) during the […]

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