Stories From Oct 2012

Oct 26, 2012

Borrowing costs

When people are considering borrowing money, one of the key features they examine is the interest rate on the loan. Is this the only factor that’s important when looking at what loans will cost? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Oct 25, 2012

Geography and economics

A phrase was coined a few years ago by a famous writer who said the world is flat. By this, he meant technology and modern communications and transportation have almost eliminated distance and made the entire world accessible. But does this mean geography is obsolete? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Oct 24, 2012

Day one on the dean's tour: Mills River

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton's first stop on his tour of North Carolina was Mills River, near Asheville, where he celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center building, visited faculty stationed at the center and met with Cooperative Extension's State Advisory Council.

Oct 24, 2012

Has tourism come back?

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden recently spoke at a tourism industry conference. The industry was hit hard during the recession but is experiencing a rebound.

Oct 23, 2012

Students suggest ideas to study abroad in Croatia

Two graduate students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who visited the University of Zagreb in Croatia have developed ideas for study abroad programs that would introduce American students to Croatian agriculture and culture.

Oct 23, 2012

Household income trends

A recent report indicated that the average income received by a household was more than 8 percent lower than it was in 2007. Is this accurate? And, if so, what does it mean? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Oct 22, 2012

The Fed to the rescue – again?

Chairman Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve recently announced some major new initiatives by that powerful agency to support the economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden elaborates.

Oct 19, 2012

Hope for the economy

People are looking for some good news about the condition of the economy, and N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives them some.

Oct 18, 2012

Unemployment rate update

There’s been modest improvement in the job market, with both jobs increasing and the jobless rate decreasing slightly. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden provides a snapshot of where we stand.

Oct 17, 2012

Improving your hiring chances

Folks without a job are looking for any edge they can use to land new employment. What are the experts saying about bettering a person’s likelihood of being hired? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.