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Monsoons Help U.S. Drought

The extreme drought in parts of the United States is being helped from an improbable source. It is what the U.S. Drought Monitor calls "monsoons." According to the experts from ...
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America’s Richest (and Poorest) States

The United States added more than 2.3 million jobs in 2013, the most in any year since 2005. Despite this, income levels and poverty rates did not improve in most ...
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$100 Is Worth $115.74 in Mississippi, Only $84.60 in DC

Apparently, $100 is not worth $100 everywhere in America. At least that is the conclusion of a study from the Tax Foundation, which has provided this sort of information since 1937. ...
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States With the Most Big Spenders

Consumer spending habits reflect the financial health of the nation’s households, yet vary widely across the United States. In 2012, Americans spent $35,498 per capita, a 3.3% increase from ...
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10 States Struggling With Delinquent Debt

Financial distress, or difficulty meeting debt obligations, is a daily part of life for many Americans, and for some, the lenders have come calling. More than one third of Americans ...
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States Where It’s Hardest to Find Full-Time Work

While the labor market has improved significantly since the depths of the recession in 2009, high underemployment may be an indication that the economy is still struggling. As of the ...
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10 States Where Manufacturing Still Matters

Economic activity in America’s manufacturing sector rose for the thirteenth consecutive month this June, according to the Institute for Supply Management. Manufacturing jobs have been on the upswing as well, ...
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The 10 Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians

Nearly all Americans are pedestrians at some point during the day and must rely on traffic infrastructure and competent drivers to avoid accidents. Of the 33,561 traffic fatalities in 2012, ...
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States Where People Have the Fewest Debt Problems

Debt, as measured by share of debt in collection, is less of a problem in states with low unemployment, in many cases. According to the Urban Institute, the national average ...
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The 10 Most Oil-Rich States

The U.S. energy industry is booming. As new technologies make oil easier and more affordable to extract, the United States is poised to become the world’s leading oil producer as ...
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New Jersey Residents Have Fast Internet, but Are They Smarter?

For a long time, it has been assumed that access to the Internet helps people become better educated. Access to broadband is even better because of the speed at which ...
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Ten States With the Most Student Debt

Average student debt levels have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching nearly $30,000 in 2012 from $18,650 in 2004. With debt levels swelling, President Barack Obama has recently addressed the issue, ...
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States That Drink the Most Beer

In recent years, Americans have increasingly moved away from beer consumption in favor of wines and spirits. U.S. beer consumption fell slightly from 28.3 gallons per drinking-aged adult in 2012 ...
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The Best (and Worst) States to Be Unemployed

Late last year, the federal government allowed its emergency unemployment compensation benefits program to expire. This decision has left much of the nation’s long-term unemployed without access to unemployment insurance ...
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Ten States With the Slowest Growing Economies

The United States economy grew 1.9% in 2013, down from the 2.8% growth rate in 2012. GDP growth of all but two states was positive last year, although economic growth at ...
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