Weekly Reader

Friday, August 9, 2019

Economic Development
According to a recent SHRM newsletter, “There were 7.3 million job openings at the end of June, according to the latest JOLT survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was the 16th straight month that the number of job openings was higher than the number of job seekers, and follows the employment report from July, which showed employers added 164,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent.” Click here for the Bureau of Labor Statistics supporting the article.

According to the Kauffman Foundation, Cities across the country are working to attract and retain foreign born entrepreneurs. According to research from the Kauffman Foundation “Immigrants are twice as likely to form companies than American-born peers and have an outsized impact on U.S. economy”. Click here for the story.

A new report found that residents of cities with infrastructure for bikes have an easier time accessing jobs, especially those out of the reach of public transportation. Click here for the University of Minnesota report or here for the article from Route 50.

Here are links to a few articles on automated vehicles that might be of interest. Tesla has a huge incentive to deploy self-driving tech. But is the world ready? Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2019; Optimus Ride’s autonomous system makes self-driving vehicles a reality. MIT News, August 9, 2019; What Are The Regulatory Barriers To Full Self-Driving? The Drive, August 8, 2019; Why Canada leads the way to an autonomous future. Globe and Mail, August 7, 2019.

Community Development / Other
Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) are experimental tabulations developed by the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program at the U.S. Census Bureau. PSEO data provide earnings and employment outcomes for college and university graduates by degree level, degree major, and post-secondary institution. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs, using state-of-the-art confidentiality protection mechanisms to protect the underlying data. The PSEO are made possible through data sharing partnerships between universities, university systems, State Departments of Education, State Labor Market Information offices, and the U.S. Census Bureau. PSEO data are currently only available for post-graduate institutions whose transcript data has been made available to Census Bureau through a data-sharing agreement. Click here for information from the Census

According to Washington Office of Financial Management, address canvassers are in the field in some parts of the state working on advance census preparation. The Address Canvassing operation serves two purposes:  to deliver a complete and accurate address list and spatial database for enumeration; and to determine the type and address characteristics for each living quarter.

Here is a resource for the Census that includes a wide variety of handouts. Handouts are available to reach specialized audiences including, community organizations, small businesses, rural residents, educators and more. The initial link has a large number of resources for your review and use.

Via NACo – Group issues ransomware warning to local governments.

Real ID, Real Problems: States Cope With Changing Rules, Late Rollouts – click here for the story.

Up-coming events and activities

  • Look for the CWCOG Booth at the Wahkiakum County Fair, August 15, 16 and 17. We will not be manning the booth continually.
  • CWCOG Board of Directors Board meeting, August 22, 2019, Noon, Cowlitz Event Center
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations Directors Meeting, August 26 and 27, Spokane