Holiday Shopping Creates Jobs

For many retailers, a good winter holiday season is the difference between a profitable and losing year. Many job seekers also rely on the holidays for seasonal employment. In 2010, how many employees did Wisconsin retailers add/cut between September and December? A. -6,234 B. -3,555 C. +8,891 D. +15,536

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Halloween Just Isn’t For Kids

Halloween has evolved from an occasion focused primarily on children into a major holiday event celebrated throughout the U.S. by both children and adults. A survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) reveals that U.S. consumers spent an estimated $6 billion on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations in 2010. According to the NRF survey, $1.8 […]

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Back to School, Part II

We’ve all heard or said, “Stay in school” but what is a high school degree really worth? The U.S. Census provides some answers. The Census reports that in 2009, the median annual earnings¹ for people age 25 years and older without a high school degree was $18,439. QUESTION:How much higher were the median annual earnings […]

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Back to School

It’s back-to-school time for 872,000 public and 125,000 private elementary and secondary school students in Wisconsin. Add another 175,000 students in the UW System and 60,000 students at private colleges in Wisconsin and it is easy to see why local retailers gear up for the back-to-school season. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), back-to-school […]

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Manufacturing Jobs

Last week, we used Shift Share analysis (see answer to last week’s quiz below) to demonstrate that the state of the Wisconsin economy very much mirrors the state of the U.S. economy. Shift-share is a traditional economic analysis tool that provides a measure of the impact of the U.S. economy on employment in Wisconsin. This […]

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