Tag Archives: statistics

(1109) Worker burnout

News from the United States these days is pretty grim for working people and many a  town there is long in need of greatness.  Something tells us, when we read about what seems like a burned out working class or ex-working class, that a lot more than protectionism, reserve bank gyrations and interest rate fiddlings will be required to restore a general prosperity to America.  Public health seems a bigger part of the story than is generally accepted.  To wit, a couple of recent features:
Maybe the economy isn’t the reason why so many American men aren’t working. Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health
theatlantic.com/business
An intractable problem. For the last half-century, Milwaukee has been caught in a relentless social and economic spiral
http://projects.jsonline.com
Even healthy looking suburbs are dying from drugs. Some communities are sicker than they look, according to our analysis of CDC data and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation’s new county health rankings
citylab.com

(1083) 86 million acres


Enormous pressure will soon be placed on the world’s croplands as they are exchanged for human habitat.  Mind boggling stuff, even without consideration of climate change!
By 2030 megacities may devour more than 86 million acres of prime farmland
modernfarmer.com
An elegant monochrome map of the  world’s settlements.
German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint”
citylab.com

image: Duncan Rawlinson via Flickr/CC

(1082) Cost mapping suburbia


The more we look at this Strong Towns feature the more of a knockout it becomes.  The author was part of a municipal financial data project in a US city recently.  Part of the project’s output was a map of local costs and revenues.  Check out the cost of those post-war ‘burbs for this fairly typical North American city, you’ll be amazed.

The real reason your city has no money
strongtowns.org

(1076) Two versus 11 million: Canada WTF?


Well, it’s a wonder anyone can see Canada as a prosperous, progressive nation after findings like this come to light.  It’s a wonder anyone can say work pays and will protect us from poverty here.
This kinda money and you could take a cab to work every day and eat at Red Lobster any time you wanted.  What comes after this, Canada?
Either way, Happy Monday.
2 richest Canadians have wealth equal to 11 million poorest. David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. as wealthy as poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, Oxfam calculates
cbc.ca/news

image: angela N. via Flickr/CC

(1071) Part time existence [TD Canada Trust report]


Major bank reports about the state of the economy are part of Canada’s information landscape and pretty much always have been.   They are designed to tell us, in rationalized detail, where things are at.  The reports set us up for what to expect from the major players in the country’s economic existence.  This last one is a bit of a doozy, though.  Most new jobs created in Canada since the 2009 recession have been part time.  Last year, every single one was.  Is this good?

Canada created lots of jobs last year. Almost all were part time: TD
globalnews.ca