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David Leonhardt, The New York Times Just before the jobs report came out a month ago, I argued that it was probably less important than the report that would come out a month later. That month has now passed, and Friday’s jobs report remains as significant as ever. More than any other data, the numbers in the new report will indicate whether the economic slowdown of March and April was largely a statistical blip. A solid monthly jobs gain in May — at least 150,000, if not closer to 200,000 — would suggest that the recovery remains on track. Anything below 150,000 would suggest that Europe’s troubles, high gas prices and the continuing hangover from the American debt bubble had caused a spring slowdown for the third straight year. Read More
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.