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Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE PROMISING
updated 09/25/13 09:14 AM
CA and NV Play 'Catch-Up'
After reviewing mid-year job creation data, California merits a "B," and Nevada is improving from an "F" to a "C+."

The unemployment rate for California has declined from a peak of 12.4 percent to 8.6 percent, and Nevada is down from 14 percent to 9.6 percent. But the unemployment rate calculation is taken from the household survey, which is narrow and includes "self-employed."

A better picture can be gleaned from the nonfarm payroll survey of larger businesses.

California lost approximately 1.4 million jobs, but recovered 700,000. What the data does not show is how consistent the uptrend has been since it began in earnest in late 2011.

Click here to continue reading the latest Economic Perspective column, The Good, the Bad, and the Promising, on Page 16 in the August/September edition of Credit Union Digest!

 
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CELEBRATE 100 MILLION MEMBERSHIPS updated 07/24/14 03:42 PM
National Awareness Campaign
The credit union movement is on pace to reach 100 million memberships this summer. To commemorate this milestone, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) launched the “100 Million Memberships” campaign, and invites all credit unions to participate.

ECONOMY 'WELL POSITIONED AND READY' updated 07/23/14 02:06 PM
CUs Can Target Growth Areas
As the economy expands throughout the latter half of 2014, credit unions should focus particularly on the largest employment sectors and growth in these areas, according to California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues Chief Economist Dwight Johnston in his latest Credit Union Digest column.

STORY ON CONGRESSMAN ISSA CLARIFIED updated 07/22/14 11:53 AM
'Misrepresents Facts,' Dykstra Says
Some within the credit union industry may have read the recently published Credit Union Times article regarding remarks from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, in relation to the credit union movement.

GIGI HYLAND TALKS PHILOSOPHY AT WCMS updated 07/21/14 04:11 PM
Foundation Leader Addresses Colloquium
The foundational philosophy of credit unions isn’t dead. But keeping true to the movement’s ideology means staying nimble in how it’s executed and harboring an open mind to change.