Five counties added jobs in 2020

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On May 19, 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the first tranche of county-level, 2020Q4 data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, which gives us the most complete picture of the labor market available from federal surveys of employers. As you might predict, it was not pretty. Nationally, by […]

A taxing debate

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Living in Austin and working in local public affairs, you developed some immunity to the city’s unique ability to hand-wring good news into bad news. It appears Nashville may be following suit. In surprisingly Austin-like fashion, what should have been a celebratory¬†week in Nashville last week devolved on Friday into yet another confusing and frustrating […]