The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) is happy to announce the release of the Quarter 1, 2016 Cost of Living Index (COLI) publication. This is the first publication to feature San Juan, Puerto Rico in the official publication. 2016 marks the second year San Juan has participated in COLI’s data collection process. Grocery and utility prices appear to be the highest in the city, almost 30 and 70 percent above the U.S. national average, respectively. The Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics has assumed the responsibility of collecting the data.
Friends of Labor Statistics asks that Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) users directly contact your Senators and Representatives to help prevent BLS from having to cut its statistical programs.
The link below provides a template for organizations and individuals to use and revise to specific concerns and circumstances.
As data from the proposed FY2016 State Budgets are released, C2ER has been updating the C2ER State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database. The proposed budgets provide information on eliminated programs and decreased funding for economic development financing, with many affecting small business development related programs.
The Labor Market Information Institute, in collaboration with The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, led the Sharing State Employment Records for Policy Analysis, Research, and Evaluation: A Workshop on Principles and Practice at the Pew Charitable Trusts on Friday, November 14th. The workshop supports research the LMI Institute and CREC are conducting on behalf of the Kauffman Foundation regarding state data confidentiality laws and regulations, as well as data sharing agreements. Continue reading