With Housing Demand
Nebraska’s economy is thriving. It’s seen the third highest
gain (behind Delaware and Washington) in average weekly
earnings, and its unemployment rate of 2.8% is the fourth
lowest in the United States. So why does the state’s job
growth rank only 40th?
A lack of housing could be the culprit. Zillow Research
shows that only California and the District of Columbia had
tighter housing inventories in the past year. But home build-
ers wanting to initiate new construction are running into an
unexpected obstacle: Farmland is so valuable that farmers
won’t sell. “Home builders aren’t just competing with one
another for land,” wrote Andrew Van Dam. “They’re compet-
ing with the generations of crops it could otherwise
The only place farmland is getting pricier than in
Nebraska? The Dakotas. l Source: washingtonpost.com
The average office worker
in front of
6. 5 hours per day,
according to contact lens maker Acuvue, which surveyed 2,000 office workers.
Thirty-seven percent of survey respondents said
they squint regularly to read what’s on their computer screens and get headaches from focusing on
their monitors. l Source: studyfinds.org
Say Hello to ‘Huddle rooms’
and ‘Touchdown Spaces’
Do you still work at a desk? If so, enjoy it while it lasts.
Real estate groups CBRE and CoreNet Global surveyed
138 employers and found that 25% of them are assigned
not to desks but to “workspaces with names like huddle
rooms and touchdown spaces,” wrote Sue Shellenbarger.
More than half of respondents—52%—plan something
similar within the next three years.
“Some 20% to 40% of traditional desks are already
unoccupied on average because employees are working
elsewhere, CBRE executives estimate.” l Source: wsj.com
THe GreaT ouTDoors’ GreaT ecoNomic BoosT
Rural America is a destination for those who want to get away from city life and enjoy the great outdoors. Now the economic
impact of activities such as boating, fishing and hunting has been quantified by the U.S. Commerce Department. Commerce
data shows that outdoor recreation accounts for 2% of gross domestic product—
And its 3.8% growth in 2016 was ahead of the 2.8% growth in the nation’s gross domestic product.
Purchases of outdoor gear represented the greatest share of core outdoor recreation output. Motorized vehicles—chiefly
RVs—were responsible for $59.4 billion of the total, while fishing generated $38.2 billion, up 4% from a year earlier.