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Part-timers turn attention to sick leave policies

...effect on employers' ability to innovate and be creative with their leave options," she said.Eileen Appelbaum, senior economist at Center for Economic and Policy Research, says mandated sick pay has not had a negative impact on some companies...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-22/part-timers-turn-attention
US home construction surges to fastest pace since 2007

...speaks volumes about your confidence, job prospects and economic fortunes going forward," said Michael Dolega, a senior economist at TD Bank.The hints of a healthier economy follow a bleak first quarter. Growth is thought to have gone in reverse...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-19/us-home-construction-surge
US home sales slide in April due to few properties on market

...mortgage rates, and easier credit conditions, there is fundamental support for housing," said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. "But with prices heading up again, and inventories still tight, potential buyers may...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-21/us-home-sales-slide-april-
Why homebuyers face a tough spring

...collapse in 2008."Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across the country," said Skylar Olsen, senior economist at real estate data firm Zillow. "Buyers are not going to have the easiest time out there."Further tilting the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-11/why-homebuyers-face-tough-
Report: impact of hotel tax hardest outside Atlanta

...stays, and it could plug the tax into its existing economic models and historical data, according to Jamie Lane, senior economist with PKF. The firm did the study on its own and not at the request of any client. "We just did it because we felt...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-28/report-impact-hotel-tax-ha
US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

...quarter of 2006.Friday's report was the second of three estimates for fourth quarter GDP.Sal Guatieri, the senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that "while the economy ended the year with less momentum than in the summer and fall...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-27/us-economic-growth-fourth-
US employers added just 126K jobs in March

...months, increasingly out of tune with other economic indicators, which have pointed to a slowdown," James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics, wrote in a research note. "The reckoning in March closes at least some of this gap.'"At the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-03/hiring-slowdown-us-employe
Fed inching toward interest rate increase, economy shows signs of weakness

...We've had snowfalls that have exceeded seasonable norms in many parts of the country," said Anika Khan, a senior economist at Wells Fargo. "We should see some rebound in the coming months."On Tuesday, the government said the pace...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-03-17/fed-inching-toward-interes
Yellen reiterates Fed's patience in raising rates

...worrisomely" continue to weaken in the months ahead, "making liftoff a late-summer event," said Gregory Michael, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Yellen's reiteration of the Fed's patience bolstered Wall Street. Major U.S. stock...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-24/yellen-reiterates-feds-pat
Home construction slipped in January

...We have strong job growth, strong consumer confidence, still low borrowing costs," said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.In the past three months alone, the economy has gained more than a million new paychecks...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/home-construction-slipped-