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“Small Business Tax Index” Matters on State Job Creation

by Raymond J. Keating- The rate of job creation has been simply abysmal in the U.S. since the start of the last recession and during this subsequent recovery. Consider that from November 2007, just before the recession started, to March 2014, employment in the U.S. was still down by some 850,000 jobs (or by -0.6 […]

U.S. Crude Oil Production By State

by Raymond J. Keating- In recent years, the U.S. and global energy equations have shifted dramatically, with the U.S. going from being dependent on imports of crude oil, for example, to becoming a leading crude producer. From 2008 to 2013, U.S. crude oil production increased by 49 percent. In 2013 alone, U.S. oil production grew […]

Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

The past week’s “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever Given Is This Bullet-Point List Of 12 Economic Concepts, Business Insider. “It’s only 335 words long, but it’s really great. It breaks down the 12 economic concepts that every graduate […]


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