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Two-thirds of Americans aren't using this easy way to save for retirement

Less than one-third of Americans are saving money in their 401(k)s and other workplace retirement accounts, according to an analysis of tax records by Census Bureau researchers. Although nearly 80% of Americans work for an employer that offers a retirement program — whether a 401(k), 403(b) or...

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area

Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership … Click to Continue »

Here's the most important imported good in every state

International trade is an important part of the US economy. The US Census Bureau keeps track of state-by-state international trade statistics. Using its data, we looked at the biggest imported good as measured by 2015 dollar value in...Show More Summary

Here's the most important exported good from every state

International trade is an important part of the US economy, and that is also true for the economies of the 50 states and DC that together make up that national economy. The US Census Bureau keeps track of state-by-state international trade statistics. Show More Summary

Housing Starts Ease a Bit in January but Remain Mostly Encouraging

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts declined 2.6 percent in January, pulling back a bit after rebounding by 11.3...

Housing Starts at 1.246 Million Annual Rate in January

From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and CompletionsHousing Starts:Privately-owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,246,000. This is 2.6 percent below the revised December estimate of 1,279,000, but is 10.5 percent above the January 2016 rate of 1,128,000. Show More Summary

Here come housing starts ...

The Census Bureau will release its monthly report on new residential construction and permitting activity in the US at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists forecast that housing starts in January were flat compared to the prior month, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.226 million, according to Bloomberg. Show More Summary

Retail Sales Have Grown Sharply Over the Past Year

The Census Bureau said that retail sales rose 0.4 percent in January, extending the 1.0 percent gain seen in December. It was the fifth consecutive monthly increase in retail spending,...

Retail Sales increased 0.4% in January

On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 0.4 percent from December to January (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 5.6 percent from January 2016.From the Census Bureau report:Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales...Show More Summary

Chicago 2017: BraunAbility Brings New Chrysler Pacifica Style to Everyone

One in five Americans lives with some sort of disability, per the U.S. Census Bureau, including 3.8 million veterans. Not every disability requires a customized vehicle, but the minivan has become the ideal solution for those who do....Show More Summary

Immigration is adding to population growth in every US state

Immigration to the United States is a big aspect of how states grow. International migration was a net positive to population growth in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 2015 and 2016. The US Census Bureau recently released...Show More Summary

12 Podcasts Guaranteed to Make Your Commute Easier

It’s both boring and frustrating, but many of us do it every day… Yes, it’s the daily commute. Some 76 percent of American workers drive to work alone each day, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. This translates to about 109 million people in the U.S. Show More Summary

Lawler on Household Projections

From housing economist Tom Lawler: Household Projections: New Population Estimates + New Administration = Time for an UpdateWhen the Census Bureau released its estimates for the U.S. population in December, most press coverage focused on which states saw the fastest population growth last year. Show More Summary

Is Online Shopping Better for the Environment Than Going to the Store?

Click here for reuse options! What's greener, driving to the mall or having your products delivered to your doorstep? Hooked on online shopping? It’s all right, you’re not alone. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that second quarter online retail sales had risen by 15.8 percent from the previous year. Show More Summary

U.S. Trade Deficit Edged Down Somewhat in December

The Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census Bureau said that the U.S. trade deficit edged down somewhat, down from $45.73 billion in November to $44.26 billion in December. For...

Trade Deficit at $44.3 Billion in December

From the Department of Commerce reported:The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $44.3 billion in December, down $1.5 billion from $45.7 billion in November, revised. Show More Summary

Tuesday: Trade Deficit, Job Openings

Tuesday:• At 6:00 AM ET, NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for January.• At 8:30 AM, Trade Balance report for December from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for the U.S. trade deficit to be at $44.9 billion in December from $45.2 billion in November.• At 10:00 AM, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for December from the BLS. Show More Summary

Here’s how the US spends over $30 billion on Valentine’s Day

It's the holiday of love and finding that perfect gift for the man and woman in your life can add up. The US Census Bureau estimates the billions of dollars of Valentine's Day products shipped throughout the U.S. on February 14. Follow BI Video: On Twitter Join the conversation about this story »

Here are the fastest growing states in the US

America's population is growing and dynamic. Families have births and deaths, Americans migrate from state to state, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the entire world move to the US every year. The US Census Bureau keeps track of those changes. Show More Summary

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