Special Report

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America’s 25 Thriving Industries

The United States added 5.7 million jobs to the economy over the past decade. Jobs were not added evenly across all industries, with some shedding jobs and others adding them. ...
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America’s 25 Dying Industries

Valued at nearly $20 trillion, the U.S. economy is the largest in the world. Maintaining a competitive edge necessitates remaining diversified and dynamic. While this means that some U.S. industries ...
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The Worst States for Black Americans

The United States was late to abolish slavery compared with many other nations, and in no other nation did its abolition involve the level of violence seen during the American ...
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18 Biggest Companies That May IPO in 2017

Investors generally expect companies valued at billions of dollars to go public. Companies that issue an initial public offering (IPO) can use the funds to invest in growth opportunities. In ...
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The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and ...
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Beers Americans No Longer Drink

While beer consumption in the United States fell during the beginning of the recession and again at the end of 2013, it is on the rise again and beer remains ...
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America’s Fastest Growing Beer Brands

While beer consumption in the United States fell during the beginning of the recession and again at the end of 2013, it is on the rise again and beer remains ...
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Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represents a step back for the feminist movement. Whether or not the president-elect's policies will result in meaningful progress for women’s rights, ...
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School Districts Spending the Most Per Student

Education is the bedrock of national prosperity. Even public education is not free, however, and it is up to taxpayers to foot the bill. U.S. school districts spend an average ...
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Countries With the Most Generous Welfare Programs

Public social spending has remained at approximately 21% of GDP on average since 2009 across 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Public spending in the ...
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America’s Best States to Live In

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more ...
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States With the Most (and Least) Student Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college ...
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The Largest Private Company in Every State

Going public is often regarded as the final step in a private company's growth. While a public offering streamlines fund-raising activities and offers many other advantages, many owners prefer to ...
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The Drunkest City in Each State

Alcohol abuse cost the United States $250 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs include health care expenses associated ...
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The Poorest Countries in the World

The distribution of wealth across the globe is anything but even. North America is home to just 4.9% of the world’s population — and 26.5% of its wealth. Meanwhile, South ...
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