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Real earnings increased from April 2014 to April 2015 


May 27, 2015
From April 2014 to April 2015, real average hourly earnings increased by 2.3 percent, seasonally adjusted. Real weekly earnings also increased by 2.3 percent over the past year, while the average workweek was unchanged. 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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    • 68 percent
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