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New Housing Starts, Building Permits Drop in November

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Tuesday morning that new housing starts in November slipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.028 ...
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The Worst States for Black Americans

Racial disparities in social and economic outcomes exist in all parts of the United States. Black Americans make about 62 cents for every dollar earned by white Americans. Black Americans ...
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10 Best Cities for Waiters

Most waiters expect a 20% tip for good service, but does this actually happen? According to data collected from Americans using digital payment service Square, the average tip in the ...
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New Home Sales Rise Especially for Most Expensive Homes

The U.S. Census Bureau this morning released data on new single-family home sales for October. Sales rose 0.7% month-over-month, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000, from a downwardly ...
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The Least Educated Cities

The pursuit of higher education is more common in America today than in previous generations. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 41% of Americans aged 18 to ...
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10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods With the Best Schools

For many homebuyers, the top consideration when searching for a place to live is where their children will go to school. As a result, consistently stellar schools often go hand-in-hand ...
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New Housing Starts Slip Slightly, but New Permits Rise Sharply

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Wednesday morning that new housing starts in October slipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.009 ...
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10 Worst Cities for LGBT Rights

Across the United States, cities are increasingly embracing equal treatment and access for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In a foreword to this year’s Municipal Equality Index, Chad ...
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States Where People Don’t Own PCs

Nearly 84% of U.S. households own a desktop, laptop or mobile computing device. Also, nearly 75% have some type of Internet subscription, and 73% have high-speed Internet service. Yet the ...
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October Retail Sales Sharply Higher Nearly Across the Board

The U.S. Census Bureau released advance estimates of retail and food services sales for October on Friday morning. Seasonally adjusted sales rose 0.3% to $444.5 billion, compared with September sales ...
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September New Construction Spending Takes Unexpected Turn Lower

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday morning that construction spending in September decreased by 0.4% to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $950.9 billion from the revised estimate of ...
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States Where Poverty Is Worse Than You Think

The U.S. federal poverty line has been determined using the same general framework since the mid-1960s. In that time, the official measure has come under criticism as an inadequate way ...
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States Slashing Education Spending

State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school ...
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September New Home Sales Rise as Prices Dip

The U.S. Census Bureau Friday morning released data on new single-family home sales for September. Sales rose 0.2% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 from a downwardly ...
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States With the Widest Gap Between Rich and Poor

Income inequality has grown so severe in recent years that Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen described it as a source of great concern. In a speech earlier this month ...
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