Economy

2009 to 2010 population change by state

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The United States Census Bureau released population figures for the United States and the 50 states and District of Columbia yesterday. The table below shows how state populations in the 2010 census population count differ from the 2009 population estimates. A handful of states had population estimates that exceeded the 2009 population estimate. State 2010 [...]

WebInno 28 impressions and observations

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

You can tell there’s more money in the industry now from the increase in pretty women. That was a seasoned tech start-up entrepreneur’s assessment as he scanned the ballroom at Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambrdige where Boston WebInno‘s 28th meeting and also five-year anniversary took place last Monday night. WebInno is place where founders, funders, [...]

Inside the head of a poll responder

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

This morning I was phone interviewed by the Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll that you often see referenced in the Boston Globe (and consequently in local newscasts, too). The gist of the survey was my view on the state of the economy. How do I think the re-election of Governor Subprime Ameriquest will impact Massachusetts’ economy [...]

Tim Hortons exits southern New England

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Canadian coffee-and-donut-chain Tim Hortons has announced that the company is pulling out of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island (HT Universal Hub), as well as closing two of its restaurants in Maine. In all, Tim Hortons is “closing 36 restaurants and 18 kiosks” according to the Boston Globe. Tim Hortons claims that while “overall business in [...]

Homewood Suites in Victor, New York.

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

A couple of weekends ago I spent two nights at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Victor outside of Rochester, New York. Homewood Suites is Hilton’s entry in the extended stay/temporary housing segment of the hotel industry. I imagine the ideal customer is a low or mid level IT consultant who spends weeks or even months [...]

OshKosh B’gosh opens store in South Shore Plaza mall

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

On October 9 OshKosh B’gosh, best known for its line of baby overalls – is opening a store at the South Shore Plaza mall. Magic 106.7 will broadcast live from the grand opening celebration and there will of course be sundry child-friendly activities. Below are pictures of the store taken during a preview event for [...]

Notes on income, race and household types in 2009

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The United States Census Bureau released its annual report on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States for 2009 last week. As expected, income and health care insurance coverage were down compared to 2008 while the poverty rate increased in 2009 compared to the previous year. That’s not particularly starnge since the [...]

Management will survive. Managers, too. Even corporations and bureaucracies.

Monday, September 6th, 2010

The end of management is nigh proclaims Alan Murray in an article in the Wall Street Journal on August 21, 2010. Murray sees two main reasons for why managed corporate bureaucracies have or soon will reach the end of their road. The first is that bureaucratic corporations can’t keep up with the whirlwind of change [...]

Eight straight months of private sector job growth in 2010

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the unemployment and payroll numbers for August today. While the numbers still pointed to overall job losses, -54,000 jobs lost in August, the same as in July, they also showed the eighth straight month of a private sector job growth, a fact that President Barack Obama’s administration was quick [...]

Private and government payroll change in July 2010

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

The table below shows the change (’000) in total payroll employment, government payroll employment and private sector payroll employment by state in July 2010. The data used in the table was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 20,2010 and is the most recent available. State Total Government Private Alabama 2.1 -3.7 5.8 [...]