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Category Archives: Big Business

May 2011 Jobs Report and Wages

June 10, 2011 at 03:36

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Here are the job market and compensation numbers for April 2011 (based on the job report): Net gain of 54,000 jobs in the month (revised to a gain of 25,000 jobs) Analysts expected an overall gain of 180,00Private sector payrolls increased by 83,000 Private service producing industries added 80,000 (194,000 last month and 154,000 the […]

Huge Layoffs and What They Mean

May 26, 2011 at 03:38

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I got a great email from Rose King of Accountingdegree.com the other day. She shared with me a blog entry they authored about 13 Huge Layoffs. Below is an excerpt from it. I’ve always been fascinated by layoff announcements. Not in a positive way, but in a curious way. It prompts questions about what went […]

Split Personalities – Tax Breadth and Tax Depth

May 23, 2011 at 06:02

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We seem to have split personalities when it comes to the news and our politics. In the news we hear about natural disasters and the sour economy. In politics we hear about the failings of the President and the deficit. Why are these two voices talking about different subjects? The truth is they are talking […]

April 2011 Jobs Report and Wages

May 10, 2011 at 03:27

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Here are the job market and compensation numbers for April 2011 (based on the job report): Net gain of 244,000 jobs in the month Analysts expected an overall gain of 185,000 (200,000 for private sector growth) Private sector payrolls increased by 268,000 Private service producing industries added 224,000 (199,000 last month and 152,000 the month […]

Using Data as a Predictor of Sports Success

April 26, 2011 at 02:34

Ben Leeson

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There’s a huge celebration going on this week – a celebration of decision making. You see the NFL Draft starts Thursday (4/28/11) and runs through Saturday (4/30/11) and fans tune in to see who their team selects. No games are played, just people’s names being called. Why do we care? The simple answer is hope. […]

March 2011 Jobs Report and Wages

April 9, 2011 at 17:34

Ben Leeson

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Here are the job market and compensation numbers for March 2011 (based on the job report): Net gain of 216,000 jobs in the month Analysts expected an overall gain of 192,000 Private sector payrolls increased by 230,000 Private service producing industries added 199,000 (152,000 last month) Goods producing industries gained 31,000 (70,000 last month) February […]

The March 2011 Silicon Valley Positive Outlook Update

April 8, 2011 at 03:18

Ben Leeson

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The focus of my last post was on whether or not I believe Silicon Valley has inflated like a 1999 bubble. I don’t think it has, but the stock valuations are still pretty high. If I were to guess, I’d say the apparent investment upswing is a byproduct of cash sitting on the sidelines. Investors […]

Differentiating Using Strategy and Technology

March 28, 2011 at 11:14

Ben Leeson

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The Academy Awards were a few weeks back and the popular movie The Social Network was nominated for Best Picture. It didn’t win the award, but it did elevate Facebook into a cultural phenomenon. It’s no longer another website – it’s Facebook. People care about it like their Nike running shoes, Apple iPod, and Starbucks […]

February 2011 Jobs Report and Wages

March 10, 2011 at 03:47

Ben Leeson

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Here are the job market and compensation numbers for February 2011 (based on the job report): Net gain of 192,000 jobs in the month (Revised in March to a gain of 194,000) Analysts expected an overall gain of 190,000 Private sector payrolls increased by 220,000 Private service producing industries added 152,000 Goods producing industries gained […]

An Economic Transition – Negotiate It

March 4, 2011 at 04:28

Ben Leeson

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    Jurgis talked lightly about work, because he was young. They told him stories about the breaking down of men, there in the stockyards of Chicago, and of what had happened to them afterwwards – stories to make your flesh creep, but Jurgis would only laugh. He had only been there four months, and he […]