Despite Slowdown, Manufacturing Still Important
March 28, 2012

The rebound of manufacturing jobs has been one of the bright spots of an otherwise sluggish economic recovery.  The United States had 3.7 percent more manufacturing jobs in February 2012 than in February 2010, representing a more robust rate of growth than that for overall employment, which rose by only 2.7 percent during the same time period. The post-recession rebound of manufacturing employment has been a driver of economic recovery in a number of the nation’s major metropolitan areas, including several manufacturing centers.  The latest edition of Brookings’ MetroMonitor, which has tracked

Palin’s Emails: What Her Remarkably Lucid Prose Says About the Art of Teaching Writing
June 16, 2011

Sarah Palin’s emails are telling us something about remedial writing classes at our universities and colleges, and it’s not what you think.

Export West: Utah is the Place!
August 06, 2010

Utah’s three large metropolitan areas generated more than $10 billion dollars worth of exports in 2008.  At 11.2 percent of the metros’ total production, this equated to an export intensity almost one full percentage point higher than that of the nation’s top 100 metro areas.

Exports: Next for the West?
August 02, 2010

The release of our new “Export Nation” report this week makes a strong argument that if the nation is going to begin “rebalancing” its off-kilter economy then U.S.

Job Creation Has Left the Building
June 23, 2010

Where are the jobs? That question pervaded last week’s edition of the MetroMonitor index of recession and recovery and is becoming acute in the Intermountain West, where the companion Mountain Monitor reported that that employment actually fell slightly in the first quarter of 2010 in most of the region’s metros. Nor is the prognosis looking much better going forward. The last dose of federal stimulus is beginning to wear off.  The Senate is dawdling on a new lifeline intended to forestall additional state and local government layoffs.

Bootstrapping Rail Transit: Progress in the Mountain Metros
May 25, 2010

Check out the Intermountain West states on this map from the Metro Program’s “State of Metropolitan America.” Now look at the major metropolitan areas—Phoenix, Denver, Provo and Ogden, Albuquerque and others. Do you notice how most of the major metropolitan areas except Las Vegas, Salt Lake, and Boise have being seeing growing shares of their workers commuting by public transit? It’s but one finding among dozens in the extensive drill-down on what’s happening in U.S.

The Mountain-Region Growth Machine: Has It Broken Down?
March 18, 2010

Has the great Mountain region growth machine broken down?

Mapping the Mountain Recovery
December 16, 2009

In a nice phrase, the western writer Wallace Stegner called the Mountain West the “native home of hope.” However, for a while now at least parts of the region are also going to need another virtue as well: patience.

America Made Easy
July 02, 2001

John Adams By David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, 751 pp., $35) I. At the height of the XYZ Affair in 1798, when American public outrage against France verged on war hysteria, President John Adams briefly enjoyed the sort of popular acclaim that he had long thought he deserved. In Paris, the French foreign minister Talleyrand had tried to bribe three American envoys sent by Adams to negotiate an end to continuing maritime hostilities between the two erstwhile allies.