Sep 30, 2011

Interesting Info on Unemployment




Interesting article on Metro unemployment in the Atlantic Monthly. As the map shows, there are big differences in employment around the country.

Click to read more:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2011/09/geography-unemployment/176/


Sep 27, 2011

One Page Economic Development Strategy


Economic Development Strategy
Communities in the Heartland


The center of Illinois and the United States is the Heart of the Heartland, 
in midstate Illinois mideway between Chicago and St Louis. 

  We will market our advantages, which include:


Minimal congestion
Middle of America’s Heartland
Close to Chicago & St Louis
Governments that are easy to work with
You can meet with the Mayor and City Council
A skilled work force with midwestern work ethics
Excellent road, rail, barge, and air service
Low crime rate
Great schools
Low taxes
Affordable quality housing
Quality universities and colleges

  Our goals:

Expand and diversify our economy
Improve employment opportunities
Attract new investment and trade

  Towards these ends, the region will:

Market our assets
Support economic development programs
Promote business expansion in the region
Coooperate with other communities

  Special focus areas include:

Attract businesses to our region
Lower red tape                
Promote tourism
Market the region for international business
Support international service at our Airports
Support agribusiness expansion
Focus on alternate engery – ethanol, wind, etc

Tinley Park Plan

Patience and Wisdom are Virtues


Two of the greatest qualities in life are:
1. Patience
2. Wisdom


Median Household Income


The United States is still near the top of median household income, according to Wikapedia.

Median household income for selected countries is shown in the table below. The data for each country has been converted to U.S. dollars using purchasing power parity (PPP) (obtained from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).[4]

Annual median equivalised disposable household income

This is what a each equivalent adult in a household in the middle of the income distribution earns in a year.
Data are in United States dollars at current prices and current PPPs for the reference year.

Rank↓Country↓2007[5]↓
1 Luxembourg34,407
2 United States31,111
3 Norway31,011
4 Iceland28,166
5 Australia26,915
6 Switzerland26,844
7 Canada25,363
8 United Kingdom25,168
9 Ireland24,677
10 Austria24,114
11 Netherlands24,024
12 Sweden22,889
13 Denmark22,461
14 Belgium21,532
15 Germany21,241
16 Finland20,875
17 New Zealand20,679
18 France19,615
19 Japan19,432
20 South Korea19,179
21 Slovenia18,860
22 Spain18,391
23 Italy16,866
24 Greece15,758
25 Israel14,055
26 Czech Republic12,596
27 Portugal12,515
28 Estonia9,836
29 Poland9,113
30 Slovak Republic9,071
31 Hungary8,531
32 Chile7,851
33 Turkey5,940
34 Mexico4,689
 OECD19,229

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_household_income