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NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Apr 19, 2024

You Decide: Why Are Jobs Increasing?

Is the booming rate of job growth sustainable? NC State economist Mike Walden looks at the factors driving a bullish labor market and whether those trends are likely to continue. 

Economist Mike Walden

Apr 5, 2024

You Decide: What’s the Future of Small Business?

Will the future be easier or harder for small businesses? NC State economist Mike Walden says the birth rate, labor costs, technology and other factors will determine the answer. 

Economist Mike Walden

Mar 22, 2024

You Decide: Can Homeownership Be Made More Affordable?

With the rising cost of housing, homeownership has become harder to achieve for many Americans. Economist Mike Walden weighs whether lower interest rates, selective locations or affordable housing initiatives are the best path forward. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Feb 23, 2024

You Decide: Has the State Labor Market Changed Since COVID?

Have there been significant changes to the North Carolina labor market since 2020? 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Feb 9, 2024

You Decide: What Went Right to Prevent the 2023 Recession?

Many economists predicted a recession in 2023. But consumers flipped the script on the experts. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Jan 26, 2024

You Decide: Will the Fed Be Involved in Politics in 2024?

The Federal Reserve's decisions have far reaching implications. What impacts could the Fed's actions have in an election year? 

Economist Mike Walden

Jan 12, 2024

You Decide: Are Living Costs and Inflation Lower in NC?

Economist Mike Walden weighs how inflation impacts the cost of living in North Carolina and what population growth might mean for the future. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Dec 29, 2023

You Decide: Why Stop at an Inflation Rate Target of 2%?

Economist Mike Walden weighs the potential outcomes of slowing the inflation rate to nearly zero in 2024. 

Economist Mike Walden

Dec 15, 2023

You Decide: Will 2024 Be a Year of Two Economies?

As 2023 comes to a close, economist Mike Walden looks to the future to see what awaits us in 2024. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Dec 1, 2023

You Decide: Are There Answers to Difficult Family Questions

How can a family grow when finances stand in the way? It's enough to challenge even veteran NC State economist Mike Walden, who found no easy answers to a mom's recent question.