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Will Voter Unpredictability Continue in 2018?

August 3rd, 2018|

Much has been written about the increased polarization of America and its collective impact on communities. There were many surprises in the 2016 election and people are bracing for a potentially tumultuous 2018 mid-term election. Ohio, where I live, is one of the swing states. The average county in Ohio changed nearly 8% (based on election over election % change) in the 2016 presidential election to Republican but this is a reversal of the 8% movement towards Democrat in the

Free-Lance Economy Continues Upward Climb

July 27th, 2018|

Moonlighting used to be a term that described a minority of people. If you moonlighted, you were supplementing your income. You either did it for extra cash or because you had to just to pay the bills. The freelance economy and the growth of the personal transportation industry alone have made many of us moonlighters and freelancers according to the latest Nonemployer Statistics released last month by U.S. Census.Gross receipts for transportation industries with NAICS codes of 4853 and 4859

Hot Growth Industries

June 15th, 2018|

The building boom is officially back after a long hiatus. The number of construction employees increased 5% in 2016 according to the most recent County Business Patterns released by the U.S. Census.  The sector however with the most number of new establishments is the Information sector (NAICS 51) which increased 5%. This sector may be flattening out though as the number of employees only increased 1.2% and payroll only increased 1.5%. Information industries include telecommunications and hosting services possibly indicating a

What do Sierra Vista and Hinesville Have in Common?

June 8th, 2018|

Sierra Vista, AZ and Hinesville, GA probably don't seem to have much in common. One is in eastern Arizona and the other is in southeast Georgia. They are both very small cities with populations of around 40,000. What they have in common is a market concentration for computer occupations with a location quotient of around four times the national average. These two markets pop out when you show a map of metropolitan areas color coded for location quotient as shown

Where the Vets Live

May 25th, 2018|

As we approach this Memorial Day Weekend, we pause to remember the sacrifice made on our behalf by our veterans. Nationwide veterans comprise 8% of the population. But there are clusters of populations where veterans comprise much higher percentages of the population. This article from Trulia published in Forbes back in 2014 suggests that veterans tend to be in smaller cities near military bases.  We found seven counties where veterans comprise more than 20% of the general population. Several like in

EVICTED – The Impact of Housing Affordability

May 18th, 2018|

I was in the Bay Area this week for a health technology conference at Stanford University. I took Lyft back and forth from where I was staying. While conversing with one driver in my rudimentary Spanish, I found out that his family was spending $3,000 a month for a two bedroom, one bath home. He was working 16 hour days just to plow a large part of that income towards their rent. I am reading the book Evicted which describes the

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