Rockwell CEO’s 2021 predictions, a closer look at labor markets and more from BizTimes Economic Trends│Ep. 48

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In this episode, BizTimes associate editor Arthur Thomas takes listeners through some of the highlights from the 2021 BizTimes Economic Trends event, including economist Mike Knetter’s thoughts on the need for political leadership to help the economy, consumer confidence and inflation; a closer look at labor markets with Ryan Festerling of QPS Employment Group; and a tour through the manufacturing sector with Rockwell Automation chairman and CEO Blake Moret.

The Economic Trends event was made possible by sponsors Annex Wealth Management, BMO Harris Bank, Taureau Group and Vistage.

If you’re interested in hearing the full presentations or downloading slides from the event, visit

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.