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John Haskell

About John Haskell

John graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Political Science, and from the University of Maine School of Law. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, and currently, works with a small business services company in the Mid-Coast area.

How are businesses responding to the ACA?

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THE impact of the ACA on the nation’s weak economic recovery continues to draw analysis and discussion.  One argument opponents of the ACA often make is that it is driving workers to cut hours and shift workers to part-time status.  To bolster this argument they often cite elevated levels in part-time employment.  While total part-time employment […]

Another Problem with the Skills Gap Argument

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Jared Bernstein has a pretty interesting post up regarding the Beveridge Curve, which in turn has some impact on the skills gap arguments taking place in Maine.  Skills gap proponents in Maine like to point to national trends to bolster their argument that the state is suffering from the national trend. On the national level, skills […]

Funding the Highway Trust Fund is not a Binary Choice

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SIN taxes (a form of a Pigou Tax) are used to discourage the consumption of a good–think pollution.  In theory, the taxes are imposed to pay for the negative externalities caused by consumption of that good (damage to third-party property owners in the case of pollution).  The revenues are costs are in equilibrium because the […]

More Data suggesting Weakness in Maine’s Labor Market

WHILE some labor market indicators for the state continue to improve, other data points to continuing weakness in Maine’s labor market.  While the unemployment rate for the state continued to decline, and the employment-population ratio remains relatively strong, the quality of jobs being created is weak. As MECEP highlighted last month, Maine has the 5th […]

BLS: U.S. Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

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JUST released from the BLS. First from the household survey: Both the unemployment rate (6.2 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (9.7 million) changed little in July. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.1 percentage points and 1.7 million, respectively.  And from the […]

Involuntary part-time work up during the recovery

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There’s been a lot of discussion, criticism, and defense to Gov. Paul LePage’s economic record thus far.  One of the larger criticisms is that while the state’s unemployment rate continues to dip, as noted by some, Maine has the 5th highest rate of involuntary part-time work. (click images to enlarge) Unsurprisingly, that rate has increased since the […]

Just how low are wages in Maine? (w/ one update)

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ON the back of Darren Fishell’s recent post on the BLS’s recently released wage data for 2013 for all counties in the U.S., below is a breakdown of average annual wages for all counties in New England.   As a state, Maine ranks 46th nationally, however, delving into the data reveals where Maine sits relative to its […]