Economics & Economy

Economics & Economy
3:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Living Wage Job Gap

Virginia Organizing is out with its annual Job Gap report.  The report compares the number of job seekers to the number of jobs that pay a living wage. 

 

Jill Reese, with “Alliance for a Just Society” says living wage jobs are few and far between.

“Over half of job openings in Virginia pay less than $18.59 an hour.  That’s the living wage for a single adult.  More than four out of five pay less than $34.27 an hour-the living wage for a single adult with two children.”

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Economics & Economy
12:10 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

VT Students Help Consumers Fight Forced Labor with Informed Purchases

University Honors students, from left, Kwamina Orleans-Pobee, Nicholas Montgomery, and Wes Williams want to make their tool, AboliShop, available for public use for Black Friday shoppers.
Credit Virginia Tech

It’s estimated some thirty million people around the world are forced into slave labor. And while there’s been an international outcry, it was hard to know what labor conditions are behind the products you buy.

Now a team of students at Virginia Tech has come up with an easy way for online shoppers to see how their purchases stack up on the human rights scale, before they buy.  

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Views on Current Conditions Vary By Region
4:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Roanoke College Consumer Sentiment Poll

Virginians weighed in earlier this month on their opinion of the economy.  It’s the 4th time this year Roanoke College researcher have interviewed Virginians about their financial situation, inclination for purchasing durable goods, and general business conditions in the future. 
 

 Audio FileBeverly Amsler reports.Edit | Remove

Alice Kassens is a Senior Analyst for the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College.

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Neighborhoods Impacted
8:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Multiple Sex Offenders Can Affect Real Estate Values

The saying, “birds of a feather, flock together” refers to people of similar character, background, or taste congregating and associating with one another.

It’s a “common thread” that leads like-minded people to live near each other in neighborhoods.

But what happens when that common thread is a sexual offense?

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Economics & Economy
4:57 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Coffee Under Threat

What does global warming have to do with coffee?  One Virginia business owner says "a lot." So much that your morning cup of "joe" is going to get costlier. And he's not alone. 

Dozens of the Commonwealth’s businesses are pressuring the General Assembly and Congress to seriously confront the challenge of climate change before there is an economic crisis.

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