ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: New data gives economists a new way to gauge state

Ask any economic developer what he or she is expected to produce, and the answer is a single syllable: jobs. Sure, there are a few qualifiers. We want good jobs, which generally means highpaying, secure, or even non-polluting jobs. But high-profile announcements of business expansion or recruitment always lead with the projected effects on employment-often spelled out to the last digit. It's hard to see anything wrong with that. Job growth is easy to grasp and even if we're not...

 

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