Yoga Prices Have Customers Saying ‘Namaste’

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The price for a one-hour, drop-in yoga class is one of the newer items in the Cost of Living Index (COLI), introduced in 2018. With only two years of historical data when the pandemic hit in early 2020, the COLI team stopped pricing the local yoga classes as yoga studios, like many other businesses, had to shut down. Quarter 3, 2021 is the first time we have […]

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COLI BBQ Index: Supply Chain Disruptions and the Meat Industry

With the Labor Day upon us and summer coming to an end, people are getting ready to fire up their grills this weekend. However, when grill masters go to their local grocer to pick up the BBQ essentials they may be in for sticker shock. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains in the meat industry, […]

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State Incentives: SSBCI Program Recap and Overview

State Incentives: SSBCI Program Recap and Overview In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, which created the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Functioning as a recovery response to the Great Recession, it delivered $1.5 billion in capital to small businesses. Federally, SSBCI phased out in 2017. Nevertheless, after more […]

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Economic Outlook: Employment Trends and Covid-19 Recovery

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Employment numbers are going to be major indicator of economic recovery coming out of Covid-19. This was part of Dr. William Spriggs’s message on June 8 at the C2ER/LMI Institute (Virtual) Annual Conference Economic Outlook Keynote. The Howard University professor and chief economist of AFL-CIO believes that we are on the path to economic normalcy, […]

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