Highlights and News

Jul 21, 2014

Reports: College degree still delivers return on investment

Although the past decade has been a challenging time for recent college graduates, those without a college degree have struggled more. Getting a bachelor's or associate's degree continues to deliver high return on investment, according to two recent reports from the New York Federal Reserve.

Jul 18, 2014

Data breaks down long-term unemployment from '79-14

The Economic Policy Institute has released a new set of data about the long-term unemployed – the share of the labor force that has been unemployed for more than six months. The data, which can be displayed by age, gender and other metrics, tracks long-term unemployment from 1979 to 2014.

Overall, the long-term unemployment rate for all workers today is about three times as high as it was before the economic recession began.

Jul 17, 2014

Straight talk on health care reform: ACA working, popular

New survey and poll results show that the number of uninsured Americans has dropped to its lowest level since 2008.

Gallup Well-Being, the Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Family Foundation released poll and survey information last week, and it gives us a picture of how the ACA is meeting its goals of insuring more Americans and providing greater access to health care. And while overall public opinion is still mixed, the Affordable Care Act appears to be rather popular among those who are newly covered, even among Republicans.

Jul 16, 2014

Millenials stressed by debt, especially women, study finds

Millennials are struggling with debt, with a significant discrepancy between genders in earning, investing and saving, new reports show.

The 2014 Wells Fargo Millennial Study, which details young Americans' attitudes and practices on savings and investments, finds the most common source of financial stress is debt-related, primarily concerning credit card, mortgage and student loan burdens.

Jul 14, 2014

Retirees plan on working, some for fun, some for need

Almost half of American retirees are working or plan to work, and 72 percent of workers contemplating retirement say they want to work after they retire, according to a report by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, a "thought leader on population aging."

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