Stories From Jun 2012

Jun 22, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Are our personal finances back in order?

We saw a dramatic collapse of household wealth during the recession. Are we now back on solid economic ground? Mike Walden discusses.

Jun 22, 2012

Debt and deficit facts

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden recently gave a public talk about the national debt and deficits. In today’s Economic Perspective, he talks about some of the key facts he presented.

Jun 21, 2012

Organic Field Crop Farm Tour is July 19

N.C. State University’s Organic Grain Project will lead a tour of Hickory Meadows Organics in Whitakers, an organic field crop farm, on July 19 beginning at 5 p.m. This organic farm has approximately 400 certified organic acreage, as well as conventional acreage.

Jun 21, 2012

Another job indicator

Job creation and the unemployment rate are two common measures of the job market, but there are issues with both. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses another job market indicators that economists track to give us some sense for how hard it is to get a job.

Jun 20, 2012

Money in the vault

There’s been much criticism of the Federal Reserve and the money they’ve been printing in the past few years. Some worry all these new dollars will eventually cause inflation to skyrocket. Is there any reason why this wouldn’t happen? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Jun 19, 2012

Sam Pardue to lead CALS Academic Programs

Dr. Sam Pardue, head of the Department of Poultry Science at N.C. State University, has been appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1. He replaces Dr. Ken Esbenshade who is returning to the Animal Science Department after 11 years as associate dean.

Jun 19, 2012

Banking changes

Banks have been in the news a lot in recent years. Many say the banking system was on the verge of collapse in late 2008, and partially as a result, major new financial regulations were passed by Congress in 2010. Not only that, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, we also are changing the way we interact with banks.

Jun 18, 2012

Getting a good car deal

When buying a vehicle, everyone loves a good deal. In fact, haggling over vehicle prices is usually expected. But is there anything you can do, to put yourself in a position to get that sometimes elusive lowest price? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds to the question asked by his wife, Mary.

Jun 15, 2012

Explaining North Carolina’s jobless rate

Before the recession, North Carolina had an unemployment rate near 4.5 percent. At the peak of the recession the jobless rate in our state reached 11.4 percent, seventh highest in the nation. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

Jun 14, 2012

A return to the city?

There’ve been two great migrations in our history. The first was the movement from rural areas to the cities. And the second was the shift out of the cities to the suburbs. Now some analysts are saying we’re in the middle of the next big migration, a return to the city. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what they mean.