August 21, 2014

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Americans are taking fewer vacations than they used to

According to Vox, nine million Americans took a week off in July 1976, the peak month each year for summer travel. Yet in July 2014, just seven million did. Keeping in mind that 60 million more Americans have jobs today than in 1976, that adds up to a huge decline in the share of workers taking vacations.

Some rough calculations show, in fact, that about 80 percent of workers once took an annual weeklong vacation — and now, just 56 percent do.

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July 6, 2014

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58% of Jobs Created in 2014 Pay Over $24 an Hour

WSJ states that more than half the jobs created in 2014 so far pay more than $24.45 an hour.

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June 17, 2014

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Steve Ballmer to New Grads: ‘I, Too, Don’t Know What I’m Doing’

Recent graduates of the University of Washington–and all of those who newly find themselves at a crossroad in their careers–likely took comfort hearing that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in a similar position as well. “I am 58 years old, and I, too, don’t know what I’m doing again,” Ballmer said to applause Sunday during his University […]

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June 5, 2014

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Home Sales by Banks Outpace Builders’ Sales

Per NYTimes, since the financial crisis intensified in 2008, banks have sold more single-family homes than builders have, as they sold homes taken from owners who could not meet their mortgage obligations. The level of bank sales is declining as the economy recovers. But in eight major metropolitan areas, they still sell more than 20 […]

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May 23, 2014

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Cut it in the Kitchen

The knowledge of the most important kitchen tool is here! With this infographic you get a fast crash course in knife anatomy, selection, handling, and the lingo.  Presented by SbLattinDesign

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May 23, 2014

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Suburbs Roaring Back

The long tug of war between big cities and suburbs is tilting ever so slightly back to the land of lawns and malls. After two years of solid urban growth, more Americans are moving again to suburbs and beyond. Fourteen of the nation’s 20 biggest cities saw their growth slow or their populations fall outright […]

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May 17, 2014

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College Return on Investment

RadioOpenSource drills down on the essential question around the higher ed challenge – namely why does it cost so much, and it is it worth it in the end? Here are 1500 American colleges and universities plotted by their 4-year sticker price on the x-axis and 30-year net return on investment (based on the median […]

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May 13, 2014

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Five Big Investments You Don’t Know You Have

When you hear the word investment, you probably think of your home, stocks and mutual funds, your retirement account, maybe your baseball-card collection. But how often do you think of your job? You should, because for all but the wealthiest, your job is probably your No. 1 investment. Just think of your wages as the […]

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May 8, 2014

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Falling Unemployment Rate Isn’t Boosting Wage Inflation

Dr. Ed Yardeni is the President and Chief Investment Strategist of Yardeni Research, Inc., a provider of independent investment strategy and economics research. I am inclined to believe that the unemployment rate remains a relatively accurate measure of the labor market. It continues to be very highly correlated with the jobs-hard-to-get series in the monthly […]

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May 5, 2014

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Global Corporate Tax Rates

The Economist shows NOBODY likes taxes, but some are more vocal about it than others. Take stereotypically talkative Italians. There, small- and medium-sized businesses pay 65.8% in corporate tax, more than any of their rich-country counterparts. Firms in Italy also come first when asked if their tax rate is a problem for doing business, according to […]

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