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Jon Talton

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

November 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Vote: Your holiday shopping plans

“Are you ready for the holidays?” If another person asks me that, I’m going to wrap them in a bow. I’m still mentally back in the catch-up from September. But here we are: Black Friday looms.

The unemployment rate has fallen from 7 percent last November to 5.8 percent. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index is up. On Wall Street, the stock rally continues. Still, plenty of people are still hurting from the Great Recession.

So whether you’re ready for the holidays or not…

…and…


This Week’s Links:

Petrified paychecks: Seven ways to raise wages | Alan Blinder

Five facts about illegal immigration | Pew Research Center

Encouraging work: tax incentives or social support | Tim Taylor

For middle-skill occupations, where have all the workers gone? | Atlanta Fed

How Piketty changed economics | Mark Thoma

Time for Oregon to target economic weak spots | The Oregonian

Debt, jobs or housing: What’s keeping millennials at home? | NY Fed

Tax havens are not investment incentives | Middle Class Political Economist


Today’s Econ Haiku:

Pam and Brenda go

While Bertha can’t get moving

That’s how we roll, dig?


 

Comments | More in Retail | Topics: Black Friday, Holiday shopping, Retail

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