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States Where the Middle Class Is Dying

Despite the country’s unemployment rate falling below 5% in January for the first time since 2008, and the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates for the first time since ...
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States With the Highest (and Lowest) Property Taxes

For Americans across the nation, housing expenses are typically the largest costs of living. Not only is a house the biggest purchase in most Americans' lives, but also monthly rent ...
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Welder

Factory Orders Down 3% in December

A report out Thursday shows mixed results in factory activity, shipping and new orders in the United States. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that factory orders slipped by 2.9% ...
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Lifting Weights

American Cities Getting the Most Exercise

Working out and remaining active are important components of a healthy lifestyle. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can help control weight, fight certain diseases and conditions, promote better ...
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New Construction Spending Ticks Higher in December

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday morning that construction spending in December increased by 0.1% to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.117 trillion from the downwardly revised estimate ...
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Money

GDP Falls Short of Estimates as Savings, Exports, Business Spending Act as Drags

Friday's big report was the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) release of gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2015. This was the first look at GDP and ...
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The Richest County in Each State

With the 2016 Iowa caucuses next Monday about to kick off the election process for the next President of the United States, questions about the economy are at center stage. ...
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Blueprint and a Hard Hat

New Home Sales Soar 11% in December

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Wednesday morning that sales of new homes in December rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...
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Republican

The Most Republican County in Every State

The largely unexpected rise in support for Republican and Democratic presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders -- who represent two vastly different viewpoints -- reflects how polarized Americans ...
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Democratic

The Most Democratic County in Each State

The largely unexpected rise in support for Republican and Democratic presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders -- who represent two vastly different viewpoints -- reflects how polarized Americans are ...
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The Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) States

In the past year, the U.S. population grew by roughly 2.5 million people. International net migration accounted for approximately 46% of this growth. Natural growth -- the number of births ...
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Housing Starts Slip in December

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Tuesday morning that new housing starts in December slipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.149 ...
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The Most Dangerous States in America

Violent crime has become less common in the United States in recent years. There were slightly more than 1.1 million reported incidents in 2014, or 366 incidences per 100,000 residents, ...
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The Safest States in America

Contrary to popular opinion, violent crime is on the decline. Since 1995, violent crime in the United States has decreased by nearly half from 685 incidents per 100,000 Americans to ...
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New Construction Spending Slips in November

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday morning that construction spending in November decreased by 0.4% to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.123 trillion from the upwardly revised estimate ...
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