So after the post yesterday and some of the discussion today I realized I could smooth out the picture a bit more. I kind of kicked myself for breaking one of the main bits of guidance I give to my forecasting students. So I take a look at the quarterly data from last time, but this time we look at the percentage change from a year ago levels, thereby controlling for seasonal factors.Continue reading Another Look at ND Wage data
For a first comparison of Grand Forks I look at county wages for five counties in North Dakota while we try to figure out what type of city Grand Forks really is.
A summary of the discussions from my weekly appearance on the Jarrod Thomas Show (@jtknoxradio). The two main themes were evaluating local area economic performance and retail trade.
A radio caller wants me to give Grand Forks a grade for their economic performance in the last year. Here are some of the questions we need to answer first.
The radio audience really responded to the topics of income and wages the last few weeks. Along with the population posts (which I confess I find more interesting) I include another look at wages. I grabbed the data for goods producing and service providing jobs in three North Dakota counties: Cass, Grand Forks, and Williams. Nothing necessarily scientific about the county selection, just three that I know and that will likely give us something to ponder.