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While the Iron Is Hot: Examining the Economic Impact of 2023 Strikes

Posted by Bjorn Markeson & Chandler West on April 18, 2024

In the last year, the United States witnessed a notable surge in strikes, with significant ramifications for various sectors of the economy. 

2023 saw a considerable uptick in strikes, with 33 major work stoppages—the highest in over two decades. Notably, these strikes involved nearly 459,000 workers, resulting in approximately 16.7 million days of lost work. Among these, the SAG-AFTRA strike, involving 160,000 actors and lasting four months, stood out as one of the most significant.

Drawing from recent data, this analysis delves into the economic effects of some of the most high-profile strikes, those by the Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the Writers Guild, the United Auto Workers (UAW), and a coalition of unions against healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.

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Topics: Economics, Impact

Get to Know the Shannon-Weaver Index of Economic Diversity

Posted by Jenny Thorvaldson on April 16, 2024

It’s important to keep an eye on economic diversity, especially in times of economic uncertainty and when supply and demand are shifting. The Shannon-Weaver index is a powerful tool for measuring how evenly or unevenly the employment in any region is distributed among its industries. In today’s blog, we’re exploring how the S-W index works in IMPLAN and what it means for your economic impact studies.

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Topics: Economics, Methodology

Surging Demand for Distribution Transformers: A Crucial Economic Analysis

Posted by Jenny Thorvaldson & Chandler West on April 10, 2024

The United States is experiencing a surge in demand for distribution transformers, a critical component of its power infrastructure. This demand spike is not merely a localized issue; it reflects broader economic dynamics and necessitates a deeper understanding of its implications. Let’s delve into the economic intricacies of this phenomenon and its far-reaching impacts.

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Topics: Economics, Impact

Introducing IMPLAN’s First Enhanced Guide

Posted by Chandler West on April 4, 2024

Economic impact analysis isn’t just for those with years of experience in the field of economics anymore. 

For decades, IMPLAN has been the tool that economists and researchers turn to when they want to measure the impact of an economic event on a region. IMPLAN has long been trusted to deliver easy-to-use impact modeling, and extensive economic analytics. A few months ago, the IMPLAN Product Development team launched Quick Start Guides, which make it possible for those without an economics background to perform economic impact analysis quickly and easily by following a series of prompts that appear on the screen inside the application.

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Topics: Economics, announcement, Impact, Education

Understanding the Economic Impact of the Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

Posted by IMPLAN Staff on March 27, 2024

The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge has sent shockwaves not only through Maryland, but also through the United States and the world at large. In addition to the heartbreaking loss of life, this event also has significant economic implications for the state of Maryland. In the aftermath of this disaster, the IMPLAN team has been hard at work analyzing the economic impact of a potential one-month closure of the Port of Baltimore.

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Topics: Economics, Impact

Cracking the Egg Price Dilemma: Avian Flu, Easter, and the Impact of Egg Production

Posted by Chandler West & Maria Lucas on March 26, 2024

As Easter approaches, many consumers are keeping a close eye on egg prices. The cost of a dozen eggs has increased dramatically since the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial flocks. The rollercoaster ride of egg prices, influenced by supply disruptions, has left many wondering if they'll be paying more for their Easter eggs this year. But is there hope on the horizon?

Let's delve into the data and assess the current situation.

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Topics: Economics

Harnessing the Power of IMPLAN Cloud to Influence Congressional Decisions

Posted by Chandler West on March 21, 2024

In the intricate dance of governance, few entities wield as much power and influence as the United States Congress. Tasked with enacting legislation and shaping the nation's trajectory, Congress represents the interests and concerns of the American people. But how can organizations ensure that their voices are not lost in the shuffle of policymaking?

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Topics: Economics, Government, Congressional Districts

Exploring the Intersection of Climate Risk Assessment and Economic Analysis with IMPLAN

Posted by Chandler West on February 29, 2024

Did you know IMPLAN’s data can help you measure the impact of climate change on specific regions and industries?

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Topics: Economics, Environmental, Risk Assessment

Fueling Growth: The Impact of US Crude Oil’s Production Surge

Posted by IMPLAN Staff on February 20, 2024

In the wake of a remarkable surge in US crude oil production in 2023, the nation's economic landscape has witnessed a profound transformation, with ripple effects resonating across industries and occupations. The latest insights gleaned from IMPLAN Cloud paint a vivid picture of how the surge in oil production has become a harbinger of employment growth and economic prosperity.

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Topics: Economics

A Trusted Resource: Understanding IMPLAN Input-Output Models

Posted by Jenny Thorvaldson & Chandler West on January 23, 2024

Over the years, IMPLAN has gained the trust of users by providing valid and reliable data and analytics. In this blog post, we’re exploring the history of IMPLAN and of input-output models to show you how we’ve come to be relied on as a credible source for so many researchers and decision makers. 

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Topics: Data, Economics, Methodology, Impact


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