A data chart image of Comparing metro area unemployment rates to the national rate of 5.6% in July 2015

Comparing metro area unemployment rates to the national rate of 5.6% in July 2015

September 04, 2015

In July 2015, total of 187 metro areas had unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 5.6 percent. 185 areas had rates above it, and 15 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. 

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September 03, 2015

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Changes in metro area employment, July 2015

From July 2014 to July 2015, the largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Provo-Orem, Utah, followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

September 02, 2015

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More education still means more pay in 2014

Few things affect people’s earnings power more than their level of education. In general, more education means more dollars earned. In 2014, median weekly earnings for people with a bachelor’s degree or higher were $1,193, compared with $488 for those with less than a high school diploma. High school graduates without any college earned $668 per week in 2014, and those with some college or an associate degree earned $761 per week.

September 01, 2015

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More than half of women born in 1980–84 had a child in the household at age 27

At age 27, more than half of women born in 1980–84 lived with their own or a partner’s child, compared with 29 percent of men. Among single women, 41 percent had a child in their household, compared with 5 percent of single men. More than three-fifths of married women and men had a child in their household.

August 31, 2015

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Back to school: enrollment and employment in October 2014

It's that time of year when millions of students head back to school. Let’s take a look at how many people attend high school and college in the United States and how many of them work. In October 2014, 9.4 million people ages 16 to 24 were enrolled in high school. Another 12.3 million young people attended college, 3.3 million at 2-year colleges and 9.1 million at 4-year colleges. There were 16.9 million 16- to 24-year-olds who did not attend school.

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