Tagged: Trends

U.S. Household Debt Reaches $13.67 Trillion

U.S. Household Debt Reaches $13.67 Trillion

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Household debt in the United States rose for the 19th straight quarter, reaching $13.67 trillion as of March 31. It’s now 7.8% or $993 billion higher than the previous peak of $12.68 trillion, reached in the third quarter of 2008. read more >

Arkansas' Jobless Rate Rose to 3.5% in September

Arkansas' Jobless Rate Rose to 3.5% in September

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Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.4 percent in August to 3.5 percent in September, the state Division of Workforce Services reports. read more >

US Retail Sales Dip 0.3% in September

US Retail Sales Dip 0.3% in September

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Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. read more >

Total Charitable Giving in the U.S. Declines

Total Charitable Giving in the U.S. Declines

An estimated $427.7 billion was donated to charities in the United States last year, a drop of 1.7% after adjusting for inflation, according to Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018. read more >

But We’ve Got Our Health (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

But We’ve Got Our Health (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

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As many know, the pre-op regimen can be extensive. It includes purchasing several pieces of medical equipment to aid in the prevention of possible post-op problems. But where surgery is concerned, some preventive measures before and after surgery are not covered by insurance. Curious. read more >

Business Economists Foresee Slowdown in US Growth

Business Economists Foresee Slowdown in US Growth

The nation's business economists think President Donald Trump's trade war with China will contribute to a sharp slowdown in economic growth this year and next, raising concerns about a possible recession starting late next year. read more >

Poverty Rate in the U.S. Drops; Arkansas Stands at 17.2%

Poverty Rate in the U.S. Drops; Arkansas Stands at 17.2%

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The poverty rate in the United States dropped last year to 13.1%, down from 13.4% in 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported late last month. It was the fifth straight annual drop, according to American Community Survey estimates. read more >