Unhealthy snack food brands such as Cheetos, Fruit-by-the-Foot and Froot Loops have reformulated their products to meet new USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards so they can be sold to kids in schools. But these products often come in packages that look similar to the unhealthy versions of the brands that are still sold in stores […]
Nearly two-thirds of Connecticut residents are concerned about the affordability of health insurance, a jump of 12 percentage points in just the past year, and the highest level since the quarterly Inform CT Consumer Confidence Survey began 18 months ago. And slightly more than 4 in 10 Connecticut residents now say it is likely that […]
Applications are available for a new Connecticut initiative designed to “spur veterans to start a business and to help small veteran-owned businesses to flourish.” The law, which takes effect on October 1, is the most generous of it’s kind in the nation, and provides veteran-owned businesses with a price preference of up to 15% for […]
One of the more notable aspects of the latest data on consumer prices provided this month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is the striking increase in childcare and nursery school prices. That data, along with statistics that reflect the impact of those increasing costs on families ability to afford such care, highlight the […]
by Victor Neves and David Johnston
The degree to which college students are capable of successfully moving from matriculation to graduation, described as “retention” or “persistence,” should be a concern for all of us. Employers regularly complain that the skills needed for the workplace are lacking. Policy wonks lament the declining ratio of productive workers […]
Millennials are entering the workforce in increasing numbers, and are the intense focus both of governments – including Connecticut – and businesses seeking to attract and retain them. As Connecticut’s economic ranking among the states continues to hover near the bottom, the job choices of millennials become increasingly important to future economic vitality.
Even amidst […]
The arrival of Blue State Coffee in downtown Hartford has been more than a convenient place to grab a cup of coffee for supporters of a number of nonprofit organizations in the Capitol City. It has also meant the introduction of a new revenue stream for organizations they care about, at a time when budgets […]
Two companies with Connecticut addresses are among the 500 fastest growing private companies in America, cited in the annual survey published by Inc. magazine in their September edition. Saatva, which sells “America’s best priced luxury mattress” exclusively on-line, is ranked at #316 and Discover Video, a video hardware and software company that works across multiple […]
Connecticut’s economy is among the ten worst states in the nation, but that is an improvement from three years ago, when the state ranked 49th out of the 50 states. Now the state ranks 42nd in a ranking of overall economic performance by Governing magazine, with results that show a connection between a state’s economic […]
High anxiety. It is apparently as American as apple pie. At least that is what an analysis of Google searches is showing. And Connecticut is above average, although less anxious than the rest of New England.
In a state-by-state comparison of anxiety levels based on Google searches, topping the list was Maine, 21 percent above […]
by Rachel Papke
Back to school time is upon us. Parents are scurrying around shopping for back to school deals for their children—clothes, school supplies, and more. For parents with college-aged students the prep-work is more extensive: purchasing dorm room items and packing boxes to start. There are long “to-do” lists, calendar updates, alerts, reminders—a […]
Can chronic pain, often the lingering result of a workplace injury, be predicted?
The Travelers Companies, Inc. believes the answer is yes. The company has developed what it describes as the first predictive model designed to reverse a sharp rise in chronic pain caused by workplace injuries.
The Travelers Early Severity Predictor (patent pending) identifies the […]
Surprisingly, Americans are moving far less than they used to, only about half as much as they moved 50 years ago. And Americans aren’t moving or changing jobs with the frequency of decades past. Counter-intuitive, but true, according to the mounting data.
In the early 1980s, about 17 percent of Americans changed their address each […]
Even as new federal rules restricting the sale of e-cigarettes take effect, advocates in Connecticut continue to urge state lawmakers to impose tougher restrictions on electronic cigarettes and vapor products when they reconvene next year. They warn that a growing number of young people are using these electronic delivery systems to “smoke” what could be […]