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Foreign born represented 16.5 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2014, up from 14.8 percent in 2005


May 28, 2015
Foreign-born workers represented 16.5 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2014, up from 14.8 percent in 2005. Foreign-born men accounted for 9.6 percent of the labor force, compared with 8.9 percent in 2005. Foreign-born women represented 6.9 percent of the labor force, up from 5.9 percent in 2005. Full Text »
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The 2014 plunge in import petroleum prices: What happened?

Throughout the first half of 2014, import petroleum prices rose 10.7 percent following a near 2-year low at the end of 2013. The 6-month advance returned import prices to levels last seen at the beginning of 2012. The second half of 2014 was a much different story. Beginning in July, prices began to fall, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) import crude petroleum index dropping 51.7 percent between June 2014 and January 2015.
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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 __________.
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