U.S. Manufacturing Nears the Tipping Point

The United States has been losing factory jobs for so long that many observers have all but written off manufacturing as a meaningful part of America’s economic future. The mass exodus of production following China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) deepened this pessimism.

The Uneven Geography of U.S. Economic Growth

It’s important and useful to look under the hood of national economic growth, and identify the variation in growth occurring across America’s more than 350 metros. Which metros have grown and which have faltered over the past decade? How has the geography of growth changed since the onset of the Great Recession? Read More…

How the Farm-to-Table Movement Is Helping Grow the Economy

As the summer sun glints off a pyramid of scarlet-and-yellow Rainier cherries, at least one customer can’t contain himself. “I know I can’t buy yet, but can I sample?” he asks. It’s Wednesday afternoon in July in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, and the weekly farmers market–one of 40 in King County alone, up from nine […]