Map of United States

Unemployment Drops Below 4% in 8 States

The headline from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on state unemployment for February is that Nebraska became the state with the lowest unemployment (2.7%), passing perennial leader North ...
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The Most Iconic Job in Each State

Whether it is a gaming supervisor in Nevada, a farm worker in California, an extraction worker in North Dakota, or a petroleum engineer in Texas, one occupation is often more ...
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States Volunteering the Most (and Least)

Nearly 63 million Americans volunteered a total of roughly 7.7 billion hours in 2013, a contribution estimated to be worth approximately $173 billion. Despite the economic and community benefits of ...
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The States Where the Rich Are Getting Richer

Income inequality has widened in all 50 states in the last few decades. More recently, as the United States recovered from the latest recession, the gap between the richest and ...
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The Best (and Worst) States for Business

While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business. For companies choosing to locate ...
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Gas Prices Jump 21 Cents in a Month

Gasoline prices have risen 21 cents in a month. Prices are higher in most states, as the average price of a gallon of regular nationwide has reached $2.27, according to ...
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States Smoking the Most Smuggled Cigarettes

Tobacco consumption in America has declined consistently since the surgeon general’s office published its first report in 1965. However, more than 18% of adults still identified as smokers in 2013, ...
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Connecticut Lagged US in Job Creation in 2014

Connecticut fell below every other state in the nation in terms of job creation in 2014. North Dakota led the list. Clearly that could change this year as oil prices ...
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10 States With the Worst Taxes for Average Americans

While a certain degree of income inequality might be expected, the difference between rich and poor Americans has grown dramatically in recent years. As of 2013, the wealthiest 20% of ...
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Over 60% of Public School Students in South Are Poor

Across the nation, 51% of public school children are low income students. In some parts of the South, that number exceeds 60%. The figures, based on location, appear like other ...
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Nebraska Supreme Court OKs Keystone XL Route

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday tossed the hot potato otherwise known as the Keystone XL pipeline back in the lap of the U.S. State Department and, ultimately, President Barack ...
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States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

The United States has lost ground among developed nations in promoting quality education for its students. To counter this troubling trend, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the ...
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Oregon Is Top Destination Among Movers

People who moved from one place in the United States to another last year went to Oregon more than any other state. It holds the lead despite the fact that ...
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California Drought Improves, a Little

A look at the drought map for California shows a slight improvement. A small portion of the state has posted an improvement in conditions. The improvement is modest, but it ...
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The Most Dangerous States in America

The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). ...
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