Rick Harper http://wuwf.org en Harper: Florida Made-For-Trade, Interest Rates, & Tax Day http://wuwf.org/post/harper-florida-made-trade-interest-rates-tax-day <p></p><p>Time now for our weekly review of the region’s economy with Dr. Rick Harper – Director of the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, and advisor to the Florida Senate.</p><p>Interview Highlights:</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:08 +0000 Rick Harper & Dave Dunwoody 7882 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Florida Made-For-Trade, Interest Rates, & Tax Day First-Time Jobless Claims At Lowest Level Since 2007 http://wuwf.org/post/first-time-jobless-claims-lowest-level-2007 <p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the U.S. Labor Department regarding the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless claims. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 for last week. That was the largest decline since December 2012, and marked the lowest level since May 2007.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:26:13 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 7628 at http://wuwf.org First-Time Jobless Claims At Lowest Level Since 2007 Harper: Tepid Job Market To Keep Interest Rates Low http://wuwf.org/post/harper-tepid-job-market-keep-interest-rates-low <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on the latest comments by Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve.&nbsp; Yellen says there’s still a need to boost the nation’s job market, with a continuation of low interest rates until it improves.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 7281 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Tepid Job Market To Keep Interest Rates Low Harper: GDP, Jobless Claims Show Continued Economic Recovery http://wuwf.org/post/harper-gdp-jobless-claims-show-continued-economic-recovery <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper looks at the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures. According to revised data released Thursday (March 27) by the Commerce Department, GDP grew at an annual pace of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The growth rate is slightly better than the 2.4% estimate published in February, but was down from 3.2% originally reported in January. Harper says “Overall, it’s a pretty good report,” noting increases in 1) consumer spending, 2) business investment spending, and 3) exports.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:42 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 6965 at http://wuwf.org Harper: GDP, Jobless Claims Show Continued Economic Recovery Harper: Yearly Job Growth In Northwest Florida Trends Upward http://wuwf.org/post/harper-yearly-job-growth-northwest-florida-trends-upward <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first press conference on Capitol Hill. “It’s steady as she goes for Janet Yellen,” says Harper. He says it wasn’t notable for any change in policy, but for the same rookie error made by her predecessors Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke. “She made the mistake of being too direct in a response to a reporter’s question, and that sent the financial markets into a bit of a tizzy.” &nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:46:04 +0000 Rick Harper & Sandra Averhart 6644 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Yearly Job Growth In Northwest Florida Trends Upward