Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Factory Construction Surges

According to the Department of Commerce, the higher-than-expected growth seen by the United States in the second quarter was in large part due to the rise in spending on new factories...

Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the U.S. Economy

The United States is largely dependent on China for critical minerals, posing a serious threat to the American economy...

The Recovery That Left Out Almost Everybody

Despite the fact that the unemployment rate has fallen by almost 4 percent, average Americans continue to remain gloomy about the current economy and anxious about the future...

Big Retirement Fear: Outliving Your Savings

Almost half (46%) of investors in this country are worried they will outlive their savings in retirement, a new survey shows...

Texans Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses after Texas Eased Restrictions on Selling Food Made at Home

Texas is enjoying a burst of entrepreneurship after enacting laws that let anyone turn a home kitchen into a business incubator...

Robots Work Their Way into Small Factories

Robots have easily transitioned into the workplace because some are now equipped with sensors and internal maps that allow it to move through crowded corridors and cluttered spaces...

Which Industries Are Expecting Labor Shortages?

The world's advanced economies run a significant risk of labor shortages over the next eight years, says a new report by the Conference Board...

Top Retirement Expense: Your Home

Home mortgage and other home-related expenses comprise 40 to 45 percent of household budgets for people age 50 and older...

How Are College Graduates Faring in Today's Economy?

Underemployment -- in which those in the labor force are employed less than full time, or in jobs that are not commensurate with their educational training -- is a significant problem for recent graduates...

Effect of the Minimum Wage on Hours Worked

While economic theory predicts negative consequences from minimum wage hikes, a number of studies have produced empirical evidence showing no job losses from increasing the minimum wage...


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