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A bumpy ride for mortgage rates means bumpy home sales
Mar 29, 2023

A bumpy ride for mortgage rates means bumpy home sales

Could an uptick in pending home sales signal a thawing housing market? Plus, small business is doing well, but owners' confidence is down.

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Homebuyers keep looking for a dip in mortgage rates

Mar 29, 2023
A February rise in pending home sales likely reflects a short dip in rates earlier.
An uptick in a pending home sales in February follows lower mortgage rates from a month or two earlier.
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Small-business owners' confidence is down, even though most say business is good

Mar 29, 2023
The latest small business index is an example of the disconnect between people’s experience of the economy and their perceptions of it.
Business owners generally are not feeling optimistic about the economy. Many are putting off buying new equipment or renovating storefronts due to inflation.
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State funding for homeschooling is on the rise. Not everyone wants it.

Mar 29, 2023
At least 12 states now have laws allowing families to use public funds for homeschooling expenses.
Anna Fulbright (right) instructs her daughter, 10-year-old Natalie Fulbright, on how to make a geographical landscape with Play-Doh.
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USDA proposes rules to expand access to free school lunches

Mar 29, 2023
The agency wants to help more school districts cover the costs of universal free meals.
Universal free meals kept a lot of kids from going hungry at the height of the pandemic, said the Urban Institute's Emily Gutierrez.
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How low unemployment lifts workers at the bottom

Mar 29, 2023
In "Moving the Needle: What Tight Labor Markets Do for the Poor," authors Newman and Jacobs advocate letting tight labor markets stay that way.
"When unemployment goes below about 4.5%, folks who've been out of work find work and keep work," said author Elisabeth Jacobs.
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