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Economist: Recession Over, Nobody Noticed

univestUnivest Economist Gary Wolfer says the recession has technically been over for a while, but most workers never noticed. He says they see the high unemployment rate and the same signs business owners see.

“People are so concerned about their future at work and their future financial situation.  We just have so many concerns among consumers that they don’t have the appetite to spend.”

He says a dichotomy among businesses is preventing growth.  The small ones are still struggling, but the big ones have had many options to protect the bottom line and stay competitive globally.

“They’ve done a number of rationalizations of cost, laying off workers, closing down operations, and in the 25 years that I’ve been in this business I’ve never seen Corporate America, in the larger size aspect, that competitive with its global peers, so American companies at this point are pre-eminent.  The problem, though, is they’re not creating any jobs either.  They’re holding back.”

Wolfer says it could be a combination of uncertainty over the future of health care and onerous new banking regulations, but businesses are not creating jobs and the economy is not growing.  He Appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest.
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WNPV AM 1440 Have you caught Jeff Nolan's high school football previews in the morning? WNPV's high school football schedule begins this Friday night when LaSalle College comes to North Penn starting at 7:30 PM.
WNPV AM 1440 Do you have legal questions? Jot them down and then call WNPV tomorrow between 11:10 and noon when Liam Duffy and Andy Levin from Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford will provide free legal answers on "Legally Speaking" right here on 1440 AM! Call 215-855-8211 or 800-355-9678 between 11:10 and 12 noon tomorrow.
WNPV AM 1440 Anyone interested in complimentary tickets to the Lehigh Valley Airshow taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown? Call Linda at 215-855-8211. You'll have to pick them up at the radio station (1210 Snyder Road, Lansdale, PA 19446). To see what's happening at the airshow, to to www.lehighvalleyairshow.com.
The Lehigh Valley Airshow www.lehighvalleyairshow.com The 2014 Sands Bethlehem Lehigh Valley Airshow presented by Service Electric. August 23rd and 24th, 2014.

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