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Inflation hits harder in rural areas

Feb 9, 2022
The consumer price index captures how much urban residents spend on goods and services, but it misses some of the nuance of rural life.
Gasoline, which has been going up in price, takes a larger bite out of many rural residents' budgets because they drive longer distances than urbanites do.
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University students flock to supply chain majors

Feb 7, 2022
The pandemic boosted demand for these professionals — and upped their pay. New challenges include last-mile delivery and sustainability.
Widespread remote learning is one change the pandemic brought to higher education. New interest in supply chain management appears to be another.
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Home prices climbing in "family-friendly" areas

Feb 4, 2022
A Zillow analysis found that an increasing number of millennials with young children are looking to buy.
The cost of homes near good schools and parks are rising faster than homes in other neighborhoods as millennials reach their prime purchasing years.
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Report shows that for shift workers, schedule uncertainty destroys peace of mind

Feb 3, 2022
It also means they can't always make enough to cover basic costs.
Women and workers of color are more likely to work in the service sector and feel the effects of last-minute schedule changes. Above, fast food workers prepare tortillas in a Texas restaurant.
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COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5 could be available soon

Feb 2, 2022
As the number of vaccinated people increases, so does movement in the economy.
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Consumers feel the pinch as inflation, omicron drag on

Jan 28, 2022
Despite good economic data like GDP growth, many Americans are not optimistic.
Though the economic recovery is going strong, inflation is taking a toll on consumer sentiment.
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GDP growth in 2021 signals a strong economic recovery

Jan 27, 2022
GDP climbed by 5.7% last year — the highest annual growth rate in more than three decades.
Much of last year’s growth was related to unique circumstances brought on by the pandemic.
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The college test prep industry is changing, as more and more schools make the tests optional

Jan 27, 2022
Some students looking for merit aid and other scholarships still seek tutoring and other help to prepare.
Tests are becoming less of a factor in the college admissions process.
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After hitting record lows, mortgage rates are rising again

Jan 19, 2022
So far, that hasn't had a chilling effect on applications.
Though mortgage rates are increasing, mortgage applications are also up as homebuyers hope to avoid further rate hikes.
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Here's why Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard

Jan 18, 2022
Microsoft plans to spend nearly $70 billion for the video game maker, whose problematic workplace culture will present challenges.
Though Microsoft may be challenged to fix Activision’s workplace culture, the deal will give the software company more weight in the video game industry.
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