Sunday, November 30, 2014

What Jobs Your City Is Most Known For

"Sohan Murthy at the LinkedIn blog published a map Wednesday that shows which skills and jobs are most disproportionately represented in American cities based on data from LinkedIn members."

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jobs: Visualizing Recovery, State By State

"Sometimes a skewed view offers greater clarity. The most recent state-by-state unemployment figures, released Friday, show positive news in many states. The data from the Labor Department indicate, for example, that 15 states in October had unemployment rates lower than 5%, a few of them at or approaching prerecession rates. The national rate in October was 5.8%."

US GDP split in half

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A new view of the housing boom and bust "Today’s tight credit environment has constrained mortgage lending and is disproportionately affecting African American and Hispanic households. As a result, these communities have found it harder to take advantage of the low home prices and interest rates that followed the housing market crash, missing an important opportunity to build wealth through homeownership."

Financial Status of Each State "With a few prominent exceptions, states are healthier than they’ve been in years. Good news for municipal-bond investors. U.S. states represent one of the most secure areas of the global bond market, typically benefiting from low debt levels relative to the size of their economies, and the ability to cut spending and raise taxes during tough times."

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Would you guess there are fewer Amish today? You'd be so wrong. "There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms). They’re the topic of reality television shows and documentaries, a particularly memorable Nancy Drew novel and the Academy Award-winning 1985 film "Witness." Vanilla Ice "went Amish." We buy their furniture and jam, and may occasionally spot their buggies when driving on country roads through America’s heartland. Many may not realize, however, that though the Amish make up only a tiny percentage of Americans (less than 0.001 percent), the Amish population has grown enormously since the early 1960s, with much of the increase occurring in the last two decades."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Middle Class Home Affordablity by State

If you're struggling to buy a home in San Francisco or New York, you may want to consider Dayton or Rochester. Those are two of the U.S. cities where middle-class buyers are most likely to find an affordable home, according to a new report by the real-estate website Trulia.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Why Many Americans Still Don't Have Internet Access, In 4 Charts "In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don't have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. Bill Callahan, director of the digital access advocacy group Connect Your Community 2.0, crunched numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau to find the best- and worst-connected major American cities. More than a quarter of households in the U.S. don’t have a computer with an Internet connection, according to the 2013 American Community Survey released by the Census Bureau in September. The report was the first Community Survey to look at rates of Internet connection by detailed geographic location."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Missing Persons Cases by State

"It’s the unthinkable in the age of connectivity. A spouse doesn’t arrive home on time; a colleague fails to show up for work; a child never makes it to class. Even now, people vanish without a trace -- leaving families and law enforcement grasping for clues."

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