Talking Points: Jobs, SBA, Energy

Jobs, SBA, Energy

Job openings declined to about 6.9 million in November, but there are still about 800,000 more jobs than there are workers. CNBC, January 8, 2019

According to the SBA, small businesses employ nearly half (47.5%) of all workers in the United States. Small Business Trends, January 8, 2019

Fifty-six percent of workers are laid off or pushed out of jobs at least once before they leave the workforce for good. Only 1 in 10 of those workers ever goes back to earning the same amount of money. ProPublica, December 28, 2018

“History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.” Sydney Harris

In 1997, China produced 867 terawatt hours of energy from coal; by 2017, that went up fivefold to 4,361. American coal use, by contrast, dropped from 1,998 terawatt hours to 1,314. The Week, January 11, 2019

According to a new report from the Japanese government, Japanese women had 921,000 babies in 2018. That’s the fewest births since comparable records began in 1899 — when the country’s population was a third its current sizeThe Washington Post, December 31, 2018

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.” Ronald Coase

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