Category Archives: The Economy

Another Top-10 List — Best States for Retirement Security

Many have requested the positive side to my previous blog which discussed a study examining the 10 worst states with retirement security focused on potential future retirement income, retiree costs and labor opportunities for individuals. The underlying study came from the National Institute on Retirement Security. This ranking is not predicated on the best places …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States for Retirement Security

As I approach the big SIX ZERO this year, retirement and related considerations are taking a place in the planning process more than any time prior. Fortunately, retirement seeds were planted decades ago in savings and tax-deferred accounts, stocks and real estate investments. As the check-out date from the workforce looms sometime within the coming …Read more

U.S. Job Markets Gain 192,000 Net New Jobs in March 2014 — Now Just Less Than 500,000 Jobs Short of All-Time Record Employment Numbers

The U.S. added 192,000 net new additional jobs in March of this year (preliminary), with the latest 12-month job growth at 1.65 percent. February 2014 job growth numbers were restated from an originally-announced 175,000 to 197,000, while January employment was raised from 129,000 to 144,000. After peaking in January 2008 at 138.355 million jobs, the …Read more

Where Job Growth Has Taken Place

The U.S. plunged downhill in jobs commencing February 2008. From the peak to the trough, the country shed 8.71 million jobs – with the low occurring in February 2010. The country is still 666,000 shy of the job count high recorded in January 2008. With 175,000 net new jobs added in February 2014, the U.S. …Read more

Houston Economy and Housing Markets — Full Throttle Ahead

Jobs are everything to the economy. Period. And that is the same opening I used yesterday when talking about where things are happening, economically speaking, across the U.S. This morning I will be speaking in Houston (where I live), which can best be described as an economy accelerating at full throttle — an appropriate reference …Read more