Category Archives: The Economy

Most & Least Energy-Expensive States 2021 — and a concern for housing regarding future energy costs

The combined cost of housing and transportation expenses accounted for one-half (49.8 percent) of all monthly household expenditures in 2019 (prior to the pandemic) according to the Annual Consumer Expenditures Study by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Included in both of those are energy costs.  On a simple average across the 50 states, monthly energy costs …Read more

May 2021 State Job Metrics in a Recovering Pandemic Landscape

Yesterday this Blog discussed state employment metrics for May 2021.  See https://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2021/06/28/may-2021-state-job-metrics-in-a-recovering-pandemic-landscape/ Today the same metrics are presented but at the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) level.   While the U.S. has 392 MSAs, data are available for only 380 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) based on seasonally adjusted data which allows comparison of …Read more

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Which Metros are the Most Economically Recovered of All — From the Pandemic, that is, as of April 2021

Yesterday this blog talked about state employment levels using fairy tale rhetoric.  Today that discussion rachets down the to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) level.  Reiterating from yesterday, imagine if the past 14 months had just been a bad fairy tale rather the most severe global pandemic in more than 100 years.   But, that is …Read more