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Sep 13, 2013

YOU DECIDE: How is the job market like weightlifting?

Job growth is at opposite ends of the market, the high- and low-pay ends, with little growth in the middle. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explores this phenomenon and what it means for the economy. 

Aug 2, 2013

YOU DECIDE: What’s the best gauge of North Carolina’s economy?

How's North Carolina's economy faring? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden counts (and explains) the various ways to measure economic activity. 

Jul 5, 2013

YOU DECIDE: What ails North Carolina’s economy?

The North Carolina economy is really two economies, urban and rural. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why this urban/rural divide may be the greatest economic challenge the state faces. 

May 29, 2013

Economist sees N.C., national economy improving

Dr. Mike Walden, economist and William Neal Reynolds Distinguished professor at North Carolina State University, sees both the national and state economies growing and adding jobs over the next two years in his summer 2012 Economic Outlook. 

Jan 4, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Will North Carolina jobs jump in 2013?

There are reasons to be optimistic about the jobs picture in North Carolina. Mike Walden discusses. 

Sep 14, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Are we better off today?

The question, "Are you better off today?" has become a major debate of the political campaigns. Mike Walden brings economics to bear to address this often controversial question. 

Aug 3, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Is North Carolina an economic leader or laggard?

North Carolina's economic record in recent years is complex, which makes it difficult to determine if the state is progressing or regressing economically. Mike Walden discusses. 

May 25, 2012

YOU DECIDE: What explains North Carolina's high jobless rate?

North Carolina has the seventh highest unemployment rate in the nation. Mike Walden discusses the factors that may have contributed to the state's unusually high jobless rate. 

Nov 11, 2011

YOU DECIDE: Is college still worth the cost?

The high cost of college and a poor job market have left some questioning whether a college education is worth the cost. Mike Walden discusses. 

Sep 28, 2011

YOU DECIDE: How are jobs measured?

Unemployment is measured in different ways, and that can be confusing. Mike Walden explains.