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Mike LaFirenza

By  Mike LaFirenza founder, CEO, and Journalist at Lattice Publish. Lattice Publishing works with brands to turn proprietary & publicly available data into research-driven stories for publishers, helping to engage readers by covering unique topics and story angles.

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Where Salem Ranks Among Best Cities for DIYers, and why it matters.

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Nov. 18th, 2022
A new report from Porch looking at the best U.S. locations for DIYers is in. The analysis found that there are 4.88 hardware, furniture, and appliance stores per 10,000 residents in the Salem metro area, compared to 4.54 nationally. Why does this matter? Being a DIYer is more conducive in some parts of the country than in others, given that between 80–90%…
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Oregon Taxes for Upcoming Ballots

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Sep. 30th, 2022
With the elections upcoming and inflation at record highs, Americans turn their attention to ways to save money. This includes their tax plan as well.  In addition to $3.3 trillion in federal taxes, in 2018 Americans paid $950.5 billion in state taxes distributed across sales, income, property, license, and other taxes. Across all states, sales and gro…
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A Pulse On Unemployment In Salem 

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Jun. 17th, 2022

The impact the pandemic had on employment can’t be overstated, as job losses in the spring of 2020 were comparable to those of the Great Depression. However, unlike prior recessions, the rebound was swift: over 60% of jobs lost returned a year later, and total employment today is just a percentage point lower than the pre-COVID peak. Yet while many locatio…

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Are Salem-Keizer incomes keeping pace with inflation?

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Jun. 13th, 2022

While some workers have seen their wage gains outpace inflation, others haven’t - and rising prices have effectively given them a pay cut. Even before the current run of inflation, many workers were already in a challenging position due to slow wage growth relative to prices over the last decade. Changes in cost of living have also affected workers differe…

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