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US International Trade Deficit Drops. Maybe

The Census Bureau does not have sufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero. What this means is that the U.S. continues to run an enormous deficit as President Trump embarks on a trade war that could increase the deficit more. Continue reading

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More Than 77 Million People Enrolled in US Schools

The number enrolled in high school remained steady between 2011 and 2016 – good on the face of it, but a problem for the skilled trades – including automotive, since many high schools have dropped vocational training, emphasizing health care or college prep instead of industrial vocations. As a result, manufacturing companies are instituting German- style apprenticeship programs.
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Machinery Orders, Shipments, Inventories Rising in 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau* released its monthly advance report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for February 2017 that says new orders for manufactured durable goods in February 2017 rose 1.7% to $235.4 billion. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4%. … Continue reading

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U.S. Trade – Three-Year High for Imports

This means a trade deficit of 48.7 billion up $4.2 billion from $44.3 billion in December, including a whopping $10.9 billion in the automotive sectors during January. For NAFTA fans: The deficit with Mexico increased $1.0 billion to $5.5 billion in January. Exports decreased $0.2 billion to $20.5 billion and imports increased $0.8 billion to $26.0 billion. Year-over-year, the goods and services deficit increased $5.1 billion, or 11.8%, from January 2016. Exports increased $13.3 billion or 7.4%. Imports increased $18.4 billion or 8.3%. Continue reading

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U.S. Trade Deficit Grows in February

The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $47.1 billion in February from $45.9 billion in January as imports increased more than exports, says the U.S. Census Bureau. Continue reading

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Screw US Workers! Trade Policy Fails Again

Imports of auto parts, engines, vehicles through May 2015 increased to $112,315,000, a dismal job-destroying record. May at $29,462,000 was a record as well. Continue reading

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US Population to Grow More Slowly In Future

U.S. population is projected to grow more slowly in future decades than it did in the previous century. A total population of 319 million in 2014 is projected to reach the 400 million in 2051 and 417 million in 2060. Continue reading

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Income Levels, Poverty Rates Unchanged as U.S. Economy Languishes

“The failure to see any significant reduction in poverty over the last several years is a direct consequence of the continued weakness in the labor market.” Continue reading

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Mega Commuters in U.S. Travel 90 Minutes or More to Work

More than 8% of U.S. workers have commutes of 60 minutes or longer and almost 600,000 full-time workers are mega commuters with journeys of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles. The average one-way daily commute for workers across the U.S. is 25.5 minutes, and one in four commuters leaves their county to work. The data come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, which provides local statistics on a variety of topics for even the smallest communities. Continue reading

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Congressional, Presidential State Voting Maps Now Online

The Census Bureau today released a menu-driven, interactive web page giving users access for any state a series of graphs showing percentages of adults who voted and registered in every congressional and presidential election between 1996 and 2010. Continue reading

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Census Bureau Posts Ten Voting Trend Graphics

All the graphics are based on previously released tabulations from the November Voting and Registration Supplement of the Current Population Survey. Noteworthy are the extremely low rates of participation among large numbers of people of all backgrounds. Continue reading

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Small Business Firms Decline Again in the United States

These are businesses without paid employees but nonetheless are firms paying income taxes needed to balance the budget. Real estate agents, beauticians and construction contractors are examples of non-employer businesses. Overall, U.S. non-employer businesses generated approximately $837.8 billion in receipts during 2009. Continue reading

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