The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification

Have you ever heard of the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, otherwise known as FPMC? This industry-recognized credential is an important one for foodservice professionals. ServSafe offers a course—both live and online—in food safety best practices. At the end of the course is an exam, and professionals who pass both the course and the exam receive the certification. The program has been active for a hundred years with four million people having been certified.

Prime-Age Participation Rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the labor force participation rate as the percentage of civilian noninstitutional population 16 years old and over either working or actively seeking work. However, when comparing one region to another, this may not be the best metric to use.

What Happened in Wholesale? (NAICS 425120 Changes in 2018)

In the last quarter of 2017, there were over 210,000 private sector establishments in the wholesale trade agents and brokers industry (NAICS 425120) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Just one quarter later, however, the number of these establishments plummeted by 27%.

Chmura Recession Monitor Through June 2019: 35%

Economic growth in the United States has generally been modest to moderate since the recovery began in the 3rd quarter of 2009. After increasing at a 4.2% annual rate in the 2nd quarter of 2018, real GDP rose at a 3.4% annual rate in the 3rd quarter as growth in consumer spending remained strong and a healthy contribution to growth from change in private inventories offset a subtraction from trade. Due to the 9.2% drop in the S&P 500 in December and the narrowing yield spread, the probability of recession jumped to 35% through June 2019.

Highlights from EQ Connect 18

The EQ Connect 18 conference was a success on many levels. From the speakers, to the attendees getting JobsEQ FIT certified, to the Salamander Resort, we had numerous epiphanies. The unexpected snow was the biggest epiphany of them all! Yes, Virginia, there are still epiphanies! As a special treat, Reilly, the Chief Data Dog, was available throughout the conference for selfies with our attendees! It was quite the social media hit!