Welcome to this week's Assorted Links. This week we have fifty-seven stories that'll make you a smarter economic developer.
2) 🚢 🚢 The world’s busiest ports:
3) 🎤 I was a guest on the EcDev Network podcast this week. Their format is interesting: They record on Clubhouse before a live audience, and the audience is encouraged to participate. Give it a listen.
4) 🏠 New full-time remote jobs have tripled, but the overall percentage remains incredibly low. Before the pandemic, remote was about 2% of all new office jobs, and now it’s about 6 to 7% of new office jobs.
5) 📈 Consumer prices are up 4.7 percent since February 2020:
6) 🌆 After strong opposition, the OMB rejects changing the definition of "metropolitan": The proposal would have raised the population threshold for a core city of a Metropolitan Statistical Area from 50,000 to 100,000. Ninety-seven percent of the public comments about the change were negative.
7) 🧳 Forget toilet paper: This summer's suitcase shortage could leave travelers in a lurch
8) California fleeing; Some deny the Golden State’s demographic decline, but data make it hard to ignore:
9) Real average hourly earnings are down 1.7 percent over the 12 months ending June 2021:
10) Union Pacific has paused service from the West Coast to Chicago as congestion hits inland terminals.