Boost Creativity by Making Your Workplace More Welcoming

Can the appearance and design of your office space really boost creativity? Some business owners are naturally sceptical of this, though scientific research actually suggests that weird and wacky office designs really can boost creativity and even if they don’t, at least your employees won’t have to work in a drab cubicle under the glare of a fluorescent light any longer!

Texas keeps adding jobs

The job market in Texas just keeps growing. The Lone Star state added 52,600 jobs in April and has now added 124,020 in 2014, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Jobs in Texas have grown at a rate of 3.3% in 2014. That’s up from 2013, when jobs grew at a rate of 2.5% in the state.

Unemployment remains at lowest level since 2007

The number of people receiving unemployment insurance fell again for the week ending May 3 from the previous week’s numbers, down 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted figure of 2.68 million. That’s the lowest unemployment has been since December 1, 2007, when it was 2.64 million.

Journalist Asks: ‘Why Don’t We Care More about Our People?’

Last week, President Barack Obama and House Majority leader John Boehner met behind closed doors. Hush, hush meetings between powerful politicians usually means bad news for Americans. Sean Delonas / PoliticalCartoons.com Among the topics discussed, and possibly the first matter of business, was immigration reform which despite a sluggish economy, high unemployment and the looming…

Innovation, Optimism and Jobs

Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs? Does it exacerbate income inequality? Does it boost economic growth and productivity -€” without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth? Last month I gave space to a book titled “€œWho Owns the Future?”€ by the computer scientist Jaron Lanier. His answer was an unequivocal yes.…

Discouraging Work

Get this: The government is incentivizing people to not work. So said the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office last week. CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told lawmakers that millions of workers could either cut back their work hours or opt out of the job market completely because of ObamaCare. Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle…

Inequality Hurting Upward Mobility? Not So Much.

“Income Inequality” is the current marketing slogan for rallying voters to the Democratic Party. It just isn’t “fair” that some people make millions of dollars a year “doing nothing” while millions of people work hard and struggle every day to put food on the table and afford HBO. Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons So, what’s…

Guillotine Time

  F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that the rich are different from us. To which Hemingway indirectly snorted, “Yes, they have more money.” And now seems like a good time to offer up a few words of sympathy for the rich. Because our wealthy brothers and sisters are going through some tough times. Not financially.…

Welfare State Dream Is Really A Nightmare

A recent column in Rolling Stone magazine revealed a recurring and troubling trend with young Millennials who have been brain-washed by professors preaching the Progressive dream of a welfare state. Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons In the column, “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.” Jesse Myerson, acknowledges disappointment with the current system and…

Little Sisters vs Goliath

It’s a story about how freedom is all. I speak of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor. I am lucky to know more about this remarkable organization than many. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch In 2007, I…

Mortgage Rates Stay Largely Unchanged

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates little changed amid a week of light economic reports. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.51 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending January 9, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 4.53…

Employers Can Take ‘Personal Responsibility’ For Poverty Wages

Brace yourself America—Republicans have discovered poverty! Right here, right under their noses, 48 million Americans are, as Senator Marco Rubio puts it, “soon-to-haves.” Because nothing says you understand institutional and generational poverty like using corporate-ese to describe it. David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star Now that Republicans have acknowledged one-fifth of the wealthiest country in…

HUD Awards Millions to Promote Family Self-Sufficiency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded nearly $57 million in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program to gain access to education, job training and employment. HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) helps public housing authorities across the country to hire or…

Why Do You Vote the Way You Vote?

Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote? It seems it is a little more complex and a little less comical than some would like to make it. Take the recent study by National Media Research Planning and Placement suggesting there might be a link between Republicans, Democrats and the type of…