Europe's Sick Man and Elderly Patient

–With a shortage of Idaho homebuilders, the College of Southern Idaho is starting a college-level homebuilding program for the first time, according to The Times-News in Twin Falls.
–“A projected shortfall in veterinarians specializing in livestock could threaten food safety and the United States’ ability to handle outbreaks of catastrophic animal diseases,” according to a Kansas State University study reported in the AP.
–“Staffing agencies are entering China, India and other emerging markets to introduce executive-level and other employees mainly to locally operating Japanese firms, which are increasingly moving into these countries,” according to Nikkei English News.
–“If Italy could be dubbed the sick man of Europe, Germany appears to be its elderly patient,” according to the Conference Board. Manufacturing labor costs are high in Germany and productivity is low. The Conference Board says that the difference in GDP growth between Europe and the United States may narrow this year as Europe speeds up and the United States slows a bit.

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