April 17, 2015
Throughout the year, many industries experience swings in business related to seasonal weather changes, holidays, and consumer spending habits. As spring arrives, employment peaks at florists, nurseries, hardware stores, and tour operators, as these industries fill the needs of gardeners, vacationers, and people buying flowers for their mother.read full article »
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April 16, 2015
From March 2014 to March 2015, the Producer Price Index for final demand decreased 0.8 percent.
April 15, 2015
There are a number of counties, cities, and other municipalities named for President Abraham Lincoln, who died on April 15, 1865. Many of these are in rural regions where there are relatively few jobs and wages are below the national average. In counties named for Abraham Lincoln, average weekly wages in the third quarter of 2014 ranged from $519 in Lincoln County, Kansas, to $787 in Lincoln County, Wyoming, and $819 in Lincoln County, South Dakota.
April 14, 2015
U.S. import prices declined 10.5 percent over the year ending in March 2015. This is the largest 12-month decrease since the index fell 12.0 percent for the year ending in September 2009. U.S. export prices fell 6.7 percent over the past year. The drop in export prices is the largest 12-month decline since the year ending in July 2009, when the index fell 8.3 percent.
April 13, 2015
In February 2015, all 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases. The largest decline occurred in Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Michigan (-3.6 percentage points). Other divisions with large unemployment rate decreases included Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan; Elgin, Illinois; and Lake County-Kenosha County, Illinois-Wisconsin.
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.