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Sweets for the sweet: employment at gift-related retailers


February 12, 2016
Valentine’s Day comes this weekend. Many shoppers will seek sweets for the sweet—the traditional gifts of flowers, candy, wine, or jewelry and the accompanying Valentine’s Day cards. They may find that there are fewer brick-and-mortar shops selling these gift items than in years past, but the number of businesses offering online shopping is larger than ever. Full Text »
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Expenditures on cellular phone services have increased significantly since 2007

In 2007, U.S. consumers spent more on cellular phone service than they did on residential landline phone services for the first time. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) show that expenditures on cellular phone services continue to rise rapidly.
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  1. In 2014, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota were the states with the highest employment–population ratios, all above __________.
    • 72 percent
    • 70 percent
    • 68 percent
    • 66 percent

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