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Billingham Bags

I know, I know, what David Paterson said...in the last Featured Comment on the previous post...but I can't help one more comment about bags. And that is to point out that any time you get a lot of use out of something, you win. I circle back around to writing about Billingham (here's their website, which has the least informative "About Us" page I've ever encountered) every few years. I put Billingham in the "High-Status Luxury Veblen-Good brands" category in my Guide to Bag Brands. However, Tre...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Kodak, Reagan, David, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ronald Reagan, Kent, Detroit, Photo Equipment, Michael Johnston, Mike, Bernie, Jeff, Michael C Johnston, Veblen


Does housing ‘affordability’ matter? Is homebuying you-get-what-you-pay-for?

Why do the states with housing’s highest “affordability” measurements — much-discussed but perhaps dubious economic yardsticks — have more borrowers who can’t make their mortgage payments? Take California, which usually scores low on the traditional “affordability” ladder. Its homeowners are currently making their house payments with greater frequency. The state’s home listings are priced at 55 percent of normal “affordability,” according to one housing-cost index from the National Association o...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Texas, Maryland, California, Housing, Sport, US news, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri, Ohio, Oxfam, Cnbc, Cato Institute, WalletHub


Does affordability matter: Why delinquent mortgages more common in ‘most affordable’ states

Why do the states with housing’s highest “affordability” measurements — much-discussed but perhaps dubious economic yardsticks — have more borrowers who can’t make their mortgage payments? Take California, which usually scores low on the traditional “affordability” ladder. Its homeowners are currently making their house payments with greater frequency. The state’s home listings are priced at 55 percent of normal “affordability,” according to one housing-cost index from the National Association o...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Texas, Maryland, California, Housing, Sport, US news, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri, Ohio, Oxfam, Cnbc, Cato Institute, WalletHub


U.S. Home Affordability Drops To More Than 10-Year Low In Q4 2018

But Affordability Improves From Previous Quarter in 58 Percent of Local Housing Markets; Wage Growth Outpacing Home Price Growth in 22 Percent of Markets, Including San Diego, Brooklyn, Seattle, San Jose and Manhattan Irvine, CA – Dec. 20, 2018 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its Q4 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report, which shows that the U.S. median home price in the fourth quarter was at the least affordable level since Q3 2...
Tags: Real Estate, News, US, Radio, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Brooklyn, Seattle, Freddie Mac, Orange County California, Daren Blomquist, Real Estate News, San Bernardino County California, U S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Los Angeles County California, Monterey County California, San Diego County California


Renting A Home More Affordable Than Buying In 59 Percent Of U.S. Housing Markets

Home Prices Outpacing Wages in 80 Percent of the U.S. Housing Markets Irvine, CA – Jan. 10, 2019 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its 2019 Rental Affordability Report, which shows that renting a three-bedroom property is more affordable than buying a median-priced home in 442 of 755 U.S. counties analyzed for the report — 59 percent. The analysis incorporated recently released fair market rent data for 2019 from the U.S. Depart...
Tags: Real Estate, Renting, News, California, Boston, Buy, Radio, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tennessee, Rent, Ohio, Michigan, Rental, Orange County California, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monroe County Florida


Blue states rank better than red ones: How’d your state fare in 14 national rankings?

Blue states were better than red states in 2018. That’s what my trusty spreadsheet tells me when I compiled a selection of state-by-state rankings that serve our national thirst to debate who’s No. 1 and who’s dead last. My study used 14 state-by-state rankings published last year on various quality-of-life subjects.  My “red” states were those who voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election; “blue” states were the ones that didn’t go for Trump. The blue states scored better two ways —...
Tags: Utah, New York, Texas, Minnesota, California, Washington, La, Massachusetts, Alabama, America, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gop, Wyoming


High Paying & Hiring: These Are The 5 Best Jobs In America

As the new years begins to roll out, it's understandable to want to take stock of your professional life.Whether you're looking to change jobs or just tweak some things to make room for more growth in your current one, January is the perfect time for self-assessment — specifically thinking about where you are versus where you'd like to be. Maybe you've updated your LinkedIn profile just to see what happens, or are casually sending your resume out to a couple places. Or, maybe you're actively lo...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York City, America, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Burlington, U S News Best Jobs


Businesses and middle-class moving to low-tax states

A new Census report says United States population growth fell to an 80-year low in the last year, but some states are seeing booming growth despite the overall slowdown. The eight fastest-growing states were Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Colorado and Texas. Of those eight, seven were listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as having the highest job growth (Idaho missed the cut). The bad news for California is that the growth appears to be driven by low taxes and business-fr...
Tags: Florida, Texas, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States, Idaho, Alaska, Editorials, Texas North Dakota, Washington Colorado, Joe Vranich, Emmanuel Newsom


How much money 19 types of engineers actually earn

An engineer's salary varies according to specialization. In many cases, engineering can be a lucrative career. We used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank annual salaries for 19 engineering specializations. Engineering can be a lucrative career, and different specializations offer different levels of compensation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics program provides an annual guide to median pay and number of people employed in about 800 detailed oc...
Tags: US, Trends, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor


Law will protect trash-truck drivers, beginning next year

Drivers, get ready for a new law that will take effect next January. Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, drivers approaching a stopped garbage truck with flashing amber lights must change lanes into a nearby available lane then pass at a safe distance. If this can’t be done safely, the driver must slow down. A bicyclist hit-and-run on a bike path is now a crime, as new laws come into play in 2019 A successful bill by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, was sponsored by the Service Employees Intern...
Tags: News, Law, California, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Santiago, Koenig, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze


What’s right (and wrong) about California: How 14 rankings score the state

Gallup’s year-round polling on social and economic issues gave California a No. 14 ranking. Top places for quality of life by this scorecard were South Dakota, Vermont and Hawaii. Worst? West Virginia, Louisiana and Arkansas. Here, Cobe Mahan, 10, of Costa Mesa and his rescue dog Rozie, hang together on the beach as “June Gloom” keeps many out of the water in Huntington Beach.(MINDY SCHAUER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) WalletHub gave California a No. 10 ranking for plenty to do and see, which...
Tags: New York, Texas, California, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Wall Street, Massachusetts, Alabama, America, West Virginia, Sport, Best, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wyoming


How ‘Mary Poppins’ came to be and child care today

A “Mary Poppins” sequel is now in theaters featuring a different spin on the magical nanny. Here’s a look at how the beloved franchise came to be and the modern world of child-care workers. The “Mary Poppins” stories were created by Helen Lyndon Goff, who wrote under the name P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers. She was born in 1899 in Australia and was a poet, journalist and Shakespearean actress before her move to London in 1924. The first “Mary Poppins” book was published in 1934 and Travers wrote...
Tags: Books, Business, New York, Texas, London, News, Children, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Walt Disney


25 cities that lost the most jobs in 2018

To identify the cities adding (and losing) the most jobs in 2018, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed area employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.            [Author: 24/7 Wall Street]
Tags: News, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wall St, 24/7 Wall Street


Sponsored: Starbucks, Microsoft among companies that helped more workers have access to paid family leave this year

Nearly 5 million more workers were eligible for paid family leave this year, a new survey found, but most employees — 83 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — still don’t have access to the benefit.
Tags: News, Careers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Explore, Starbucks Microsoft


America's dying industries: These businesses lost the most workers in past decade

24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2008 to 2017 to identify the fastest dying industries.            [Author: 24/7 Wall Street]
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Health care is where the jobs are. But what kind of jobs?

More Americans are now employed in health care than in any other industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tallies job creation, says that for most of this year the health sector outpaced the retail industry. Only government, on all levels, employs more people.
Tags: Health, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Morning Docket: 12.10.18

* It's official: 2018 has been the best year for law firms since the Great Recession. Per Wells Fargo’s Legal Specialty Group, the legal industry will soon see its "strongest annual performance in a decade." Biglaw is back, baby! [American Lawyer] * Now that federal prosecutors have linked President Trump to crimes committed during his 2016 campaign, the focus has shifted to the family business -- but thus far, special counsel Robert Mueller hasn't tipped his hand as to whether or how Trump's f...
Tags: Law, Immigration, Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York Times, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, Biglaw, Trump, Kirkland & Ellis, Michael Cohen, Ninth Circuit, Trump Organization, Robert Mueller, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Employment Statistics


U.S. Adds 155,000 Jobs in November as Hiring Slows Modestly

The payroll gain fell short of estimates, but it was still the 98th straight monthly increase. Yearly wage growth remained at a postrecession high.
Tags: News, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment, Trump, United States Economy, Wages and Salaries, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Labor and Jobs, Inflation (Economics


U.S. Added 155,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment at 3.7%

The latest snapshot of the economy offered another reminder of the labor market’s persistent strength.
Tags: News, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment, Trump, United States Economy, Wages and Salaries, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Labor and Jobs, Inflation (Economics


Jobs Report for November: Here’s What to Watch For

The Labor Department data will provide the latest snapshot of the American economy.
Tags: News, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment, Trump, Labor Department, United States Economy, Wages and Salaries, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Labor and Jobs, Inflation (Economics


Do You Need an MBA to Own a Business?

By Kayla Matthews It’s the American Dream, right? Graduate high school, go to college, get a degree and open a successful business. Is an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) necessary to open and own a business? New trends seem to suggest that it isn’t. Let’s take a closer look at these trends and help you figure out whether you need to go back to school to get the most out of your business. Successful Without a Degree An MBA might seem like the perfect tool to help you succeed when ownin...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Mba, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bill Gates, Personal Development, Branding, U S Small Business Administration, Kayla Matthews, MD Duran


Bitcoin and blockchain jobs are booming — and they pay well

A study by Glassdoor found that demand for blockchain work has risen 300% since last year.Glassdoor reported the median starting salary for blockchain job openings was over $32,000 higher than the median US salary, an increase of 61.8%.Despite the issues in the current crypto market, blockchain technology appears to have a bright future. None For those in the United States, the economy continues to push forward full steam ahead. According to a recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statis...
Tags: Programming, Hong Kong, Business, Technology, New York City, Future, US, San Francisco, Development, Computers, Code, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States, Engineering, Innovation, Global development


Australian scheduling software company Deputy brings in $81M amid rapid growth

After eight years of bootstrapping, Deputy sought scale. So the workforce management platform turned to venture capital, quickly raising a $25 million Series A in early 2017. Today, Deputy is announcing a major accomplishment: the close of an $81 million round — the largest Series B in Australian history. IVP has led the investment for the Sydney and Atlanta-headquartered company, with support from OpenView Venture Partners, Square Peg Capital and Equity Venture Partners. Deputy plans to invest ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Atlanta, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sydney, Venture Capital, IVP, Ahmed, Ashik Ahmed, Amazon Google McDonald


40 Holiday Marketing Ideas, How to be Invisible Online, Preventing Cyberfraud and other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

17 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—American Workers are Disengaged RingCentral Glip recently released a workplace study showing one-third of today’s workforce (including C-Suite and management) disengage for at least one hour/day. That’s the equivalent of not starting the work year until Valentine’s Day! Other survey insights: Connection matters: A whopping 88% of workers motivated at work feel personally connected to their co-workers—while just 58% of unmotiva...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Zynga, Canon, Lightspeed, Kabbage, Right Now, Ernst Young LLP, Aflac, RSI, AICPA, Scott Rosenberg, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, Jacob Lund Shutterstock


Retail Industry Forecast

image:fotolia.com    The retail industry is now stronger than ever. As of last year, it reached an astounding $2.6 trillion in total GDP impact, and supported 1 in 4 American jobs. While retail is growing faster than the rest of the economy at large, research from job search engine, Adzuna reveals that the industry is undergoing rapid and radical changes – impacting the labor market. With online shopping staggeringly growing vs. traditional brick-and-mortar stores, according to the Global Consu...
Tags: Amazon, Virginia, US, Sales, America, Walmart, More, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Adzuna, Washington California, Retail Industry Forecast, Retailers Amazon


Exclusive: A Music Video That Will Inspire You To Ask For A Raise

These days, feminism is ‘cool.’ In fact, it feels like no matter where you go, there are billboards, T-shirts, phone cases — you name it — clad with feminist sayings and imagery. More than ever, celebrities are publicly identifying as feminists, speaking out against misogyny and sexism, and generally jumping on the feminist bandwagon. And though the aforementioned things are arguably positive, these trends do beg the question: What are we getting out of it?While a lot of feminist issues can b...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York City, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston, Abby Wambach, Sophia Bush, Wasserman, Census Bureau, Simple Truth, Samira Wiley, Claire Wasserman


Wonolo, a staffing platform for blue-collar and labor contractors ‘left behind by Silicon Valley’, raises $32M

A recent survey found that around 20 percent of all jobs in the US are held by contractors — people who take on work based on a particular project or fixed-term period, not as full-time, permanent employees. We’ve definitely seen that trend play out in Silicon Valley, both among the knowledge workers building tech products, and among the on-demand startups that rely on contractors to transport goods and people, clean homes and more. But it is also happening elsewhere. Today, a startup called Won...
Tags: TC, US, Tech, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States, Silicon Valley, Bain Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Bain, Hill, Yong Kim, PitchBook, AMN Healthcare, Wonolo, Shiftgig, AJ Brustein


6 things you should learn to take your career to the next level

Some people are content to learn only up until they've obtained a college degree or completed education for a specific trade. But learning shouldn't stop at a certain age or even career level. In today's fast-moving digital world, it's important to continually commit to expanding your knowledge base to get further in your current career — or explore a completely different one. Luckily, learning these new skills is as convenient as having access to a computer. Udemy, an online learning platform, ...
Tags: Facebook, Digital, US, America, Trends, Css, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Udemy, Glassdoor


Americans Are More Vulnerable Than Ever, And The Gig Economy Isn’t Helping

Made possible by K risty Milland had always pulled together odd jobs to help her family survive. She’d been an early adopter of new ways to earn money online. She ran an eBay store, and, before social media took over, a website where strangers chatted about reality TV. “I’m one of the first people who could be considered a digital native,” she told me. “I would constantly search for new income streams.” She remembers reading about Mechanical Turk, Amazon’s crowd-working platform, soon after ...
Tags: Amazon, News, Mississippi, Congress, Ebay, Toronto, America, Features, Rome, Netflix, Canada, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pennsylvania, United States, Arkansas, United Kingdom


10 states where robots are more likely to steal human jobs

Automation is a technology trend that will impact various sectors of economic life this century. Smart Asset, a financial technology company that provides online advice about personal finance decisions, recently released a study which calculated which states have jobs that are most vulnerable to automation.  They looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics and research studies done at Oxford University.  Smart Asset found that of the top 10 states with jobs most vulnerable to automation, three came f...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Texas, Washington, US, Alabama, Trends, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Guardian, Toyota, Oxford University, McDonald, Great Plains, Smart Asset, Michael A Osborne, Janesville Gazette