Category Archives: The Economy

Another Top-10 List — Best States for Retirees

On June 15th of this year I summarized Kiplinger’s research of the Worst States for Retirees. This blog is the Best States for Retirees, again based on Kiplinger’s research utilizing an identical methodology to the former. Where people retire will have economic implications on their incomes and ultimately lifestyle. Granted, family, friends and weather are …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Most Expensive States to Add a Teen Driver to an Existing Auto Policy

A typical person’s second greatest expense – their automobile – is similar to housing. The fees, however, vary. Similar costs include the down payment, financing, maintenance and annual tax (registration and license fees), fuel (akin to utilities) and insurance. Pretty much all else is different. When it comes to adding another person to the insurance …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States for Retirement

Where people retire will have economic implications on their incomes and ultimately lifestyle. Granted, family, friends and weather are also important issues. Household finances, however, will impact the economic comforts of retirees. Kiplinger has evaluated and ranked the 15 worst states in which to retire from a financial perspective. Factors included: Average Health Care Costs …Read more

May 2016 Employment — A Statistical Perspective

May 2016 Job Growth – a Paltry 38,000 (Preliminary) Net New Jobs Unemployment Rate Falls from 5.0 Percent in April 2016 to 4.7 Percent in May 2016 So what happened to the May 2016 employment data, which added just 38,000 net new jobs versus a consensus estimate of 160,000 or more? The decline was one …Read more

Another Top-10 List — The Most Expensive Buildings Ever Built

When it comes to the most expensive buildings ever built, my thoughts go to solid rocket missile plants (have done that analysis), aerospace and aircraft manufacturing (ditto), refineries, major industrial projects or similar properties. Was I ever wrong. Business Insider came up with the list of the most costly buildings ever built — after adjusting …Read more