Next Economy Notes - President Taking Jobs Message to Midwest

President Obama is talking jobs on the road in Ohio and Michigan today. 

Meanwhile, $4/gallon gasoline has resulted in the lowest gasoline consumption in a decade.

In sad clean energy news, domestic solar manufacturers are finding it tough to deal with European subsidies and low natural gas prices.

In happier clean energy news, Solar City and Tesla have been quietly working on a solar energy storage plan that could be a big deal.

Those of us in economic advocacy wait on pins and needles for the regular release of government data on the national unemployment rate and consumer prices. The Department of Labor issued new rules for the transmission of this data and reporters aren't happy.

Strangely, I wasn't named to Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Plenty of entrepreneurs on the list though. And, of course, who could be more influential than the backup quarterback for the New York Jets?