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July 2011

Jul 22, 2011

YOU DECIDE: What are the basics of the debt debate?

Our national debt is stirring debate in Washington and around the nation. Mike Walden provides a primer. 

Jul 22, 2011

Better finances

Public finances usually follow private finances. That is, if the private sector is having economic problems, these issues will affect tax revenues and the public sector. This has happened in North Carolina, but is there any evidence public finances are beginning to turn around? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers. 

Jul 22, 2011

National association honors four with CALS ties

Four people associated with N.C. State University won national awards recently at the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association’s annual conference in Lubbock, Texas. 

Jul 21, 2011

The 4-H Cookery: Divine Swine

The smells wafting through the air at the North Carolina 4-H Cookery competition were nearly enough to break down a vegetarian. The parents and friends wading through the aromas were struck by the intensity of each scent as they wandered towards one booth for a sample… and then on to the next. Those smells were of pork, turkey, chicken and beef – all prepared in different and exciting ways by kids and young adults, ranging in age from 9 to 18, for a panel of judges. 

Jul 21, 2011

Good North Carolina news

The race is on to have the economy of the future, which will deliver jobs and prosperity. And N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden says that some statistics suggest that North Carolina is doing well in this race. 

Jul 20, 2011

Long-term unemployment

Economists are becoming increasingly worried about what they call long-term unemployment. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden defines the term and explains what worries it creates. 

Jul 19, 2011

Where is unemployment low?

Everyone knows unemployment’s high, but perhaps what’s not as well known is that unemployment rates can vary significantly with a number of factors. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses where unemployment rates are the lowest. 

Jul 18, 2011

Hunger prevention highlights State 4-H Congress, July 18-21

During State 4-H Congress, held this week at North Carolina State University and around Raleigh, 4-H’ers will show compassion for their fellow North Carolinians by packing pasta for the Food Banks of North Carolina as part of the Hungry to Help project. 

Jul 18, 2011

Career options

Are young people today motivated to stay in school? And do they see going to school as an avenue to getting a good job? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden discusses what the latest research says for North Carolina. 

Jul 15, 2011

Creating jobs

Although we have seen job creation in the past year, but if we want to get back to some sense of normalcy in the job market, what kind of job creation will the country have to undertake during the remainder of the decade? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.