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(April 2013) In 2012, for the second consecutive year, the number of Americans starting their own businesses declined. During the Great Recession, more Americans have become entrepreneurs than at any time in the past 15 years. However, while the economy and its high unemployment rates may have pressed more individuals into business ownership, most of them are going it alone, rather than starting companies that employ others. The rate of employer business creation did not change in 2012 and is lower than the level prior to the Great Recession.
(April 2013) Venture capital is the exception, not the norm, as a funding source for startups. More VC-backed new companies fail than succeed, and since 1999 VC funds have barely broken even. Fewer than 1% of US companies have raised capital from VCs. And the industry is contracting: After peaking in the late 1990s, the number of active VC firms fell from 744 to 526 in the decade 2001–2011, and the amount of venture capital raised was just under $19bn in 2011, down from $39bn in 2001, according to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).
(April 2013) Since the start of the recovery in mid-2009, the pattern has been for the US economy to show some strength only to lose steam after a while and strong first-quarter growth is currently being followed by signs of a slowdown as the second period gets under way. However, there is optimism among economists that there will be an improvement in the second half of 2013.
(April 2013) General Motors had over 618,000 employed in the US in 1979 - - in well-paid jobs; today, General Electric employs 133,000 and Apple 47,000. The US needs to add about 90,000 new jobs monthly to just meet the natural growth of the workforce.
(April 2013) An evolutionary biologist who has studied social behaviour among insects and humans, offers advice to aspiring researchers. “The ideal scientist thinks like a poet,” he says, stressing the virtues of passion, introversion and dedication. A naturalist at heart, he downplays technology, maths, and even intelligence in science, proposing that a good scientist should be “bright enough to see what can be done but not so bright as to become bored doing it.” Discoveries emerge from ideas, not number-crunching.
(April 2013) US employers added only 88,000 workers to their payrolls in March, far off the pace of job gains in the previous six months. Between August 2012 and February 2013 payrolls grew at an average rate of 197,000 a month; private payrolls rose slightly faster than 205,000 a month. The much slower pace of job gains in March may foreshadow a slowdown in payroll growth over the next few months as fiscal contraction at the federal level begins to have an impact.
(April 2013) The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $157bn to $215bn annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer. In coming years, it will 'swamp' the US healthcare system according to one expert.
(April 2013) The shale gas revolution and the recovery of some jobs lost during the recession has triggered hopes of a resurgence in US manufacturing. However, not everyone is convinced. A report last month presented a scenario of about 3.7m new jobs being created in manufacturing with direct employment rising to a level of over 16.3m jobs, compared to 12.3m in 2012 and about 17.6m in 1998. In 2025, the US could have significantly more good paying manufacturing jobs, adding to GDP (gross domestic product) growth, and helping to create the first surplus in the nation’s goods and services balance of trade since 1975.
(March 2013) The rate of patenting in the United States has been increasing in recent decades and stands at historically high levels. Growth in patent applications slowed after the IT bubble and the Great Recession, but the rate of patenting by US inventors is at its highest point since the Industrial Revolution. Moreover, patents are of objectively higher value now than in the recent past and more evenly dispersed among owners than in previous decades. Still, the United States ranks just ninth in patents per capita using appropriate international metrics, as global competition has increased. Besides quality of patents, the United States benefits from filings from foreign inventors resident in the country.
(March 2013) Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the US rose to a record $3.1tn in 2012. It includes items such as investment in companies and individuals buying US firms and real estate.