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State employment in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry in October 2014 

November 25, 2014
North Dakota had the highest share of employment (23.2 percent) in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry in October 2014. New Hampshire and New Jersey had the second- and third-highest share of employment in this industry, at 21.4 and 21.3 percent, respectively. The trade, transportation, and utilities industry consists of wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; and utilities. Full Text »
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Test your knowledge

  1. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, __________ were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25. In comparison, __________ of high school dropouts were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.
  2. Hint:
    Young adult employment varies by education.


  3. Complete the statement with the annual percent increase in the price for gold ores:

    In 2012, price increases for gold slowed, rising less than they had in each of the previous 4 years. The __________ increase in 2012 was the smallest yearly increase since the 2.6-percent advance in 2008.
  4. Hint:
    Gold prices rise more than 100 percent since 2008.


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