Matt Kelly | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Matt Kelly 
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Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

And I will add, that Vermont ranks HIGHER in GDP PER CAPITA than Florida and Arizona, both with their great weather, no state income tax and pro sports teams, in addition to Michigan with its automotive industry and sports teams. Go Vermont!

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

But that's EXACTLY what it means, GDP PER CAPITA relates exclusively to population!!!!!! https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dicti… Clearly, its an accurate representation no matter your assumption that it doesn't. Vermont, 49th in population, has a GDP Per Capita that ranks HIGHER than ONE THIRD of the States, ALL with higher populations.

Facts matter. Assumptions don't!

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

Yes to putting low unemployment as an indicator of a strong economy. You were the one who said it wasn't an accurate indicator even though economists have been using that figure historically for decades. So I sought to assuage your limited comprehension to add another indicator that obviously, you still don't comprehend. And the stats speak for themselves: Vermont, with the second lowest population, does better in GDP than 17 other States with larger populations, and that GDP figure continues to climb, indicating a very strong economy. Its an easy extrapolation for thinking people to make: Vermont's economy is better than 1/3 of the country.

Facts matter.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

@knowyourassumptions

There you go again, assuming. And we know how that all turns out. The first three letters spell it out clearly. Am greatly past 3rd grade thanks. And how do you know there's zero unemployment on the moon. Have you been there? Didn't think so....

But to your point about accurate reflection of the state of the economy, GDP might be a better indicator. To which, Vermont ranks last for GDP at $24.5Billion, but when put in terms of per capita, Vermont fares better than 17 other States, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S.… and this number has been consistently growing. http://www.deptofnumbers.com/gdp/vermont/

Not bad when you consider only Wyoming has less population than Vermont.

Facts matter.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

I stand corrected - VT's unemployment rate is 2.8%, as of Dec. 2017 with only Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa reporting lower rates. https://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

@jayeshelman
obviously that sophistication is too much for you to comprehend so we'll put it in terms easy to understand for a 3rd grader: Vermont's unemployment rate is 3%, one of the lowest in the nation. 'Nuff said.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/04/2018 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Mall Developer to Buy Macy's Building in Downtown Burlington

Meanwhile, 65-100 people are out of a job, losing on average let's say, $18,000 per year. That's now $1.8 MILLION taken out of the local economy. Sixty five to one hundred FAMILIES now scrambling to figure out how they will pay rent, groceries and more.

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 01/10/2018 at 4:31 PM

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