Category Archives: The Economy

Cost of Doing Business by Country

The last blog looked at the Cost of Doing Business by State – which was a timely topic given Tesla’s announcement yesterday to relocate their corporate headquarters to lower-cost Austin, Texas from Silicon Valley.  Competition for where business locates, however, is not only state-to-state but also country-to-country. Fortunately the source for the previous blog — …Read more

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