The Reports: August 7-11 | WYPR

The Reports: August 7-11

Aug 11, 2017

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Click on the image for the reports from the week of August 7.

Monday, August 7

Current patterns of drug use are impacting the workforce, productivity, and the broader economy in ways that are being increasingly acknowledged by policymakers and measured by economists...


Tuesday, August 8

As indicated by writer Neil Irwin, America’s businesses are apparently doing a lousy job making workers more productive. Productivity growth is the weakest it has been since the early 1980s... 


Wednesday, August 9

You’ve heard this story before – a well compensated factory worker or miner loses their job. There are few if any jobs available that use the skill sets obtained and refined in prior employment, resulting in extended periods of unemployment and severe declines in standards of living...  


Thursday, August 10

There is a notion is that America is rich in jobs, celebrates entrepreneurship, and rewards those who supply effort. The opportunity to raise living standards attracts people to these shores from around the world.  But recent research indicates that there are other reasons to come to America...  


Friday, August 11

At some point this month, it is likely that you will pay some bills. That may mean bringing out your pen and your checkbook. As pointed out by Bloomberg, in an era of smartphones and online banking, Americans can’t seem to wean themselves off paper checks...