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Consumer spending $51,100 in 2013


March 06, 2015
Average annual household spending decreased from $51,442 in 2012 to $51,100 in 2013 During 2013, changes in consumer spending varied among the seven largest expenditure categories. Spending increased in three categories: housing, transportation, and healthcare. It decreased in three: apparel and services, entertainment, and personal insurance and pensions. Spending on food was unchanged. Full Text »
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Disability insurance plans: trends in employee access and employer costs

Short- and long-term disability insurance programs replace some of the wages lost by people who cannot work because of a disabling injury or illness that is not work-related. This article examines trends in employer-provided disability insurance coverage over time, explains the basic terms of coverage for typical plans, and estimates the costs to private employers.
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  1. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, __________ were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25. In comparison, __________ of high school dropouts were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.
  2. Hint:
    Young adult employment varies by education.

  3. Complete the statement with the annual percent increase in the price for gold ores:

    In 2012, price increases for gold slowed, rising less than they had in each of the previous 4 years. The __________ increase in 2012 was the smallest yearly increase since the 2.6-percent advance in 2008.
  4. Hint:
    Gold prices rise more than 100 percent since 2008.

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