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Archives: September 2006

New R&D numbers

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 28, Categories: Macro

Back in February, I wrote about the need for moving the country's economic statistics into the 21st century. That means putting more attention on the intangibles that drive the knowledge...

Immigrants and health insurance

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 27, Categories: Health

Jane Galt points out something that I did not know: The decline in health insurance coverage in recent years has mainly come among immigrants, not native-born Americans. Here's the numbers...

Healthcare's share of recent job growth is rising

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 20, Categories: Health

Continuing our back-and-forth, Kevin Drum writes: overall job growth has been exceptionally weak this time around; and there's equally no question that healthcare has been the principal standout. On the...

Statistical trickery? No.

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 19, Categories: Health

Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly raises an objection to my story: In one sense it's just statistical trickery: at any period in American history, if you remove the single...

Healthcare jobs versus the rest of the private sector

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 15, Categories: Health

Here's a nice chart that did not appear in my article: This chart starts at February 2001, which is the peak month for nonfarm employment. The top line is the...

Healthcare Economy

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 14, Categories: Health

Take a look at my new cover story: "What is Really Propping Up the Economy" Since 2001, the health-care industry has added 1.7 million jobs. The rest of the private...

Is 300 million people a good thing?

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 05, Categories: Growth

The U.S. is about to hit 300 million people. In my latest online piece, I ask: But here are a couple of questions for you to ponder as the U.S....

Another province heard from: Unemployment falls for the young and college grads

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 01, Categories: Labor Market

Since I've been hammering on bad news for the young and college grads, here is some good news from today's employment report. The unemployment rate for college grads fell from...


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