A data chart image of Industries with spring employment peaks

Industries with spring employment peaks

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.

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April 16, 2015

A data chart image of Producer Price Index for final demand down 0.8 percent from March 2014 to March 2015

Producer Price Index for final demand down 0.8 percent from March 2014 to March 2015

From March 2014 to March 2015, the Producer Price Index for final demand decreased 0.8 percent.

April 15, 2015

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Employment and wages in places named for Abraham Lincoln

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

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U.S. import and export prices down over the year ending March 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

A data chart image of All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in February 2015

All 38 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year unemployment rate decreases in February 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.

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