Tag Archives: Dean Baker

Another Problem with the Skills Gap Argument

Bev-Curve

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 […]

June Jobs Report: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

AS noted previously, the national jobs report was released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Overall, the jobs report was positive, with the economy creating 288,000 jobs; well above projections of roughly 210,000.  This was the fifth consecutive month of job creation above 200,000, the first time that has happened since the tech […]

The Portland Press Herald Tilts at Economic Windmills

EPI

AS I previously wrote, there is a belief in this state that the key to unlocking Maine’s economic potential is to increase the number of college graduates.  However, those who espouse that view often fail to elaborate on the nuances of that plan; specifically, how increased college grads will boost economic growth.  Moreover, there is […]