Three Financial Facts of the Week: March 10, 2016

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Fact #1
Growth in “labor quality,” a measure of the skill set of the average worker, has declined in the last few years, according to a recent research note from J.P. Morgan Chase. In 2015, the growth in overall workforce skills contributed less than 0.1 percentage points to GDP growth, the smallest contribution of labor quality to growth since 1979.
Source: Wall Street Journal

Fact #2
Among industrialized economies, only the U.S. and Japan are growing at similar rates compared with their pre-financial crisis growth rate, after adjusting for changes in the working-age population, but both economies have still grown more slowly than expected.
Source: JobMarketMonitor.com

Fact #3
As tighter border controls are continuously put into place across Europe, the European Union could face up to 18 billion euros, or $19.6 billion, each year in lost business, steeper freight costs, and interruptions to supply chains, according to a recent report by the European Commission.
Source: New York Times

One thought on “Three Financial Facts of the Week: March 10, 2016

  1. I haven’t heard much about the financial toll that immigration has in Europe. However, I find it very interesting that tighter border controls means losing money in the EU. How much money do you think that we lose in the US due to tight border control measures?

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