A data chart image of Candy, chocolate, and costumes: a look at data related to sweets and treats

Candy, chocolate, and costumes: a look at data related to sweets and treats

October 31, 2014

Halloween is often associated with candy, costumes, and seasonal fall celebrations. Whether you are greeting trick-or-treaters, attending a costume party, or simply indulging in the well-stocked candy aisle at your local store, you have probably been tempted by sweets and treats over the past few weeks. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for candy and chewing gum increased 23 percent from January 2007 to September 2014.

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October 30, 2014

A data chart image of Muncie, Midland, and Elkhart-Goshen have largest 12-month percentage increases in employment

Muncie, Midland, and Elkhart-Goshen have largest 12-month percentage increases in employment

Nonfarm payroll employment increased from September 2013 to September 2014 in 314 of the 372 metropolitan areas, decreased in 53 areas, and was unchanged in 5 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in Muncie, Indiana (+8.9 percent), followed by Midland, Texas (+6.4 percent), and Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana (+5.4 percent).

October 29, 2014

A data chart image of Health care and social assistance had highest nonprofit employment in 2012

Health care and social assistance had highest nonprofit employment in 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics developed research data on employment, wages, and establishment figures for nonprofit institutions. Among the private industries for which nonprofit data are available for 2012, health care and social assistance had the highest annual average employment (7.7 million) and the highest average number of establishments (127,000). Annual wages were the highest among those working in the finance and insurance industry ($77,144).

October 28, 2014

A data chart image of Median weekly earnings, 2004–2014

Median weekly earnings, 2004–2014

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 106.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $797 (seasonally adjusted) in the third quarter of 2014. Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $722, or 82 percent of the $880 median for men.

October 27, 2014

A data chart image of Real hourly earnings up 3.2 percent over the year in information industry

Real hourly earnings up 3.2 percent over the year in information industry

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, from September 2013 to September 2014. The 12-month change in real hourly earnings varied by industry, ranging from -0.9 percent in education and health services to 3.2 percent in information.

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