Trends & Analysis

US Construction Spending Rebounded 0.5 Percent in August

US Construction Spending Rebounded 0.5 Percent in August

U.S. construction spending rebounded 0.5 percent in August after two months of contraction, helped by strength in home building, and commercial and government construction.
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Survey Suggests More Economic Growth Ahead for Midwest

A monthly survey of business leaders suggests economic conditions are still improving for nine Midwest and Plains states.
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Physician Pay: Doctors Average $294K Annually

Physician salaries in the United States averaged $294,000 a year in 2016, according to the 2017 Medscape Physician Compensation Report, released in April.
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Charitable Giving in the US Declines

Fewer Americans appear to be giving to charity, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 2017 report on charitable giving, “How America Gives Special Report: Breaking the Charity Habit.” read more >

Everyone Needs a Little Nudge (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Richard Thaler was already a rock star among economists before he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences last week. read more >

Courageous Authenticity (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Whether it is an emotionally charged public display or an offhand remark in a meeting, the organization will take its lead from the boss' response to a violation of culture. read more >

Gravy Train Stops Here (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

With the Supreme Court's latest action, the state's General Improvement Fund is presumably a thing of the past. That's probably cold comfort to legislators who are still being investigated. read more >

Median Household Income Rises 5.6 Percent in Arkansas

Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia had the lowest median household incomes for 2016. read more >

Current Trends Won't Continue (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

It is important to identify the larger external trends that will most affect your organization in the coming years. But trees still don't grow to the sky, and executives can find themselves off track without an understanding of whether trends will stall or even reverse. read more >

US Hiring Falls 33K after Hurricanes Slam Texas, Florida

The U.S. lost 33,000 jobs in September after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas, Florida and other Southeastern states. It was the first decline in six years. read more >

Jobless Claims Drop 12K to 260K Last Week

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 12,000 last week to 260,000, as claims returned to more normal levels following the disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida and Georgia. read more >

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