MerchantMaverick.com, the business product comparison site for small business owners, determined that the top three states on the list are Nebraska, North Dakota, and Minnesota. No Upper Midwest state ranked lower than Michigan, at number 17. While these states are different in many ways, they all share low unemployment, and governments with prudent tax and spending habits. Many even experienced positive GDP growth during the Great Recession, while other states had stagnant or shrinking GDP. Continue reading The Upper Midwest Offers the Best States To Survive the Next Recession
Prices in the Midwest Region, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 0.8 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Increases in the indexes for food at home, new and used motor vehicles, household furnishings and operations, and apparel were the largest contributors to the all items increase. The energy index rose 0.1 percent in January as increases in the indexes for electricity and gasoline more than offset a decline in the natural gas service index. Continue reading Midwest CPI Continues Increase
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released monthly inflation data Wednesday. All items rose .3% in December bringing the total Midwest inflation in 2021 to 7.5%. Midwest food costs purchased from grocery stores, dining/delivery establishments, increased .6% in December bringing the 2021 food costs to 7.5%. Continue reading The Cost of Food in the Midwest Continues to Rise While Energy Costs Dipped
In an effort to attract talent, companies based in the West and Northeast, U.S. outspend Midwest employers on labor benefits. This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) who reported that Midwest companies spend almost 20% less on employee benefits than their counterparts in the Northeast and Western, U.S. Continue reading Midwest Employers Struggle to Match Other U.S. Regional Companies Benefits Spend on Workers.
Tapering refers to the Federal Reserve policy of unwinding the massive purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities it’s been making to shore up the economy during the pandemic. Continue reading What is the Fed taper? An economist explains