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EB-5 Investor Magazine’s EB-5 Summit (Jan. 2015)

01.19.2015

On January 17, 2015, Jeffrey Carr of EPR presented at the EB-5 Investor Magazine’s EB-5 Summit Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mr. Carr presented on “best practices” in economic and job impact studies and EB-5 project business plans.


BLS Releases December Employment Data (Jan. 2015)

01.09.2015

Unemployment declined 0.2% to 5.6% in the month of December, with total non-farm employment increasing by  252,000.  This caps off a year of consistent job market gains, with total non-farm employment increasing by an average of 246,000 per month in 2014.  Additionally, employment growth in October was revised up from 243,000 to 261,000, while employment gains in November were revised upward from 321,000 to 353,000.  The full BLS release is available here:
 

 


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Jeff Carr and EPR named EB-5 Economic Consultant of the Year (Jan. 2015)

01.06.2015

Jeff Carr and Economic and Policy Resources have been chosen as the 2014 EB-5 Economic Consultant of the  Year by eb5newsblog.org!  Mr. Carr and EPR were also honored with this award in 2013.  When it comes to economic consulting in the EB-5 program EPR continues to be counted as the best in the business.


BEA Releases Third Quarter GDP Estimate (third revision) (Dec. 2014)

12.30.2014

The BEA released the third estimate of Third Quarter GDP on December 23rd.  The report showed GDP increasing at a 5.0% annualized rate in the third quarter, which was the largest quarterly percentage increase since 2003.  The 5.0% increase represented 1.1% increase over the previous estimate released in November.  The year started off on a sour note, with GDP decreasing at 1.4% annualized rate in the first quarter, but the BEA has reported strong growth of 4.6% and 5.0% in the second and third quarters respectively.  Combined with the continuing decline in unemployment in 2014, there is much to be thankful for as we ring in the New Year.

Check out the BEA release here:

 


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Vermont Business Round Table/EPR Third Quarter Business Conditions Survey Released (Dec. 2014)

12.16.2014

The VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey for the third quarter 2014 has been released. For the third quarter in a row most responses said that the state's business outlook was neutral to mildly optimistic, employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers and the manufacturing sector continued to be the most optimistic.

Watch EPR's Amanda Wassel discuss the survey online and find broadast times here:
https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/vbrepr-business-conditions-survey-3rd-quarter-2014

Also read the report here:
http://blog.vtroundtable.org/in-the-news/vbr-and-econcomic-policy-resources-partner-on-business-conditions-survey/

The Business Conditions Survey is conducted in partnership between the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources.  The nine question survey of the 97 members of the Vermont Business Roundtable captures a glimpse of how Vermont business leaders see the state economy.  The survey asks business leaders how their businesses have fared in the recent past and how they view the future.  Sentiments regarding the current and expected business climate and the expected impact on hiring and investing decisions are also surveyed.   Included in the standard survey is a question asking roundtable members for opinions on a current debate in public policy.   Along with providing a snapshot of the Vermont business climate, the survey allows Vermonters to see how these markers change over time.


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BLS Releases May...

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) decreased 0.1 percent in May on a seasonally-adjusted basis.  A decrease in the energy index was the main contributor...


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