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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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Ten States With the Fastest Growing Economies

The United States economy grew 1.9% in 2013, down from the 2.8% growth rate in 2012, as growth in the world’s largest economy remained inconsistent. The largest contributors to the ...
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States Spending the Most (and Least) on Education

For the third consecutive year, total spending on public elementary and secondary education fell nationwide, according to a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending per student totaled $10,608, roughly the same as ...
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The States With the Strongest and Weakest Unions

The percentage of American workers in unions remained effectively unchanged last year. This marks a departure from the nation’s long-term trend. In the past 30 years, union membership has dropped from ...
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Seven States Running Out of Water

The United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week's ...
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Unemployment Drops in 43 States in April

While it is good to see the national unemployment rate drop, it is even better to see the improvement spread across virtually the entire country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ...
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California, New York Lead States With Immigrant Populations

There were 40.7 million immigrants living in the United States in 2012. Of these, 11.7 million were "unauthorized." That total is up from 19.8 million in 1990. Almost all immigrants ...
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People in Utah Most Likely to Give Time and Money

The people of Utah as the most generous in America. According to a new poll from Gallup: Utah leads U.S. states in reported charitable giving, with nearly half of its ...
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States Where People Go to the Dentist

Clean teeth are supposed to be good for heart health, and a way to avoid dentures and to avoid the drilling, which comes with cavities as well. Some people are ...
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