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15 Things Economic Developers Need to Know This Week

The stories Dane thinks you need to see. May 16, 2024 edition.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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15 Things Economic Developers Need to Know This Week

Welcome to this week's issue of What Economic Developers Need to Know This Week, where we explore the evolving dynamics of our economy. 

This week we have 15 tools, stories, graphics, charts, and videos that I think you'll find informative, useful, inspiring, and perhaps even humorous. Some are economic development related directly, and some only indirectly. 🤔

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1) The #1 skill for the future? Staying focused and not getting sidetracked.


2) Last month, the Pomona College economist Gary N. Smith calculated that the number of tenured and tenure-track professors at his school declined from 1990 to 2022, while the number of administrators nearly sextupled in that period.


3) Social trust around the world differs by age, education:


4) US wholesale durable goods are piling up faster than they're being sold.


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5) US spending on Social Security, Medicare, and defense over time:


6) Jobless claims went up last week, causing worries about job market troubles.


7) Robots in manufacturing:



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