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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

March 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Vote: Is the economy getting better for you

The stock market is up and housing sales are recovering. Unemployment remains stubbornly high and mandatory government cutbacks will be kicking in with the sequestration. Job openings increased slightly in January, but there are 3.3 job seekers for every position. The Seattle area is booming; the rest of Washington, not so much. Today’s poll asks how you are faring personally compared with six months ago:

Read on for the best links of the week and the haiku:

This Week’s Links:

Drought that ravaged U.S. crops likely to worsen in 2013 | The Guardian

‘Euro is a house of cards waiting to tumble’ | RT

Nordstrom closing corporate offices in San Diego | San Diego Union Tribune

Obama Energy Secretary pick’s gas study faulted over industry ties | Bloomberg

To beat Amazon, Wal-Mart treats its stores like apps | Wired

Synthetic CDOs making comeback as yields juiced | Bloomberg

How globalization went ‘pop’ and what it means for workers | The Atlantic

The London Whale, Richard Fisher and Cyprus | Simon Johnson

The end of gold | Crooked Timber

China’s economic recovery doesn’t look so strong | BusinessWeek

Financial windfalls for Wall Street executives taking government jobs | NY Times

America’s most obvious tax reform: Kill the oil and gas loopholes | The Atlantic

H-1B reform bill bolstered by testimony about male visa holders | Computer World

Today’s Econ Haiku:

It’s a mystery

Fun to read while on a plane

Not when it’s the plane

Comments | More in Amazon.com, Global economy, Gold and precious metals, Google, Great Recession, H1-B skilled foreign worker visas, Income/living standards, Jobs/Unemployment, Nordstrom, Outlook

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