Category Archives: Economic Trends

One in four kids say they use cannabis

Marijuana is most popular among 18- to 29-year-olds — about one in four (24%) adults in this age group report regularly or occasionally using it.  More people use cannabis than tobacco.   The following illustrates people who use tobacco or cannabis: … Continue reading

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Few Americans are Vegetarian or Vegan

5% of Americans are vegetarians, unchanged from 2012 3% are vegans, little changed from 2% in 2012

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Millennials face largest wealth gap in generations

A 2017 analysis by Credit Suisse suggests that millennials in several advanced economies are likely going to face the worst income inequality of any generation in recent memory.  Millennials are generally saddled with more student debt, less inherited money, and stricter mortgages than … Continue reading

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Americans in best Christmas shopping mood in years.

According to Pew Americans plan to spend $906 on gifts, the most since 2007 Middle- and lower-income households fueling the rise Record-low percentage plan to spend less than last year More specifically, 34% of Americans plan to spend at least $1,000 … Continue reading

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Airlines are trying to cram ever-more seats onto planes

“AIRLINES use all sorts of clever tricks to make more money from passengers. They charge extra for bags, for food and for selecting where you sit. Now they are embracing another strategy: packing more seats onto each plane. Last month … Continue reading

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America’s poorest fall deeper into poverty

Pew reports that the share of the U.S. poor population in severe poverty reached its highest point in at least 20 years.  

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Hispanic high school drop out rate drops but Asians still the lowest

According to a Pew study “The high school dropout rate among U.S. Hispanics has fallen to a new low, extending a decades-long decline, according to recently released data from the Census Bureau. The reduction has come alongside a long-term increase in Hispanic college … Continue reading

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Modern slavery is common in all parts of the world

Last year 25m people around the world were in some type of involuntary servitude according to the The Economist.  “Around a sixth of the people experiencing such mistreatment today are forced to work by the state, primarily in prisons or the … Continue reading

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The U.S. Asian population grew faster than Hispanics over the past 10 years.

Pew published a study showing that “the U.S. Asian population grew 72% between 2000 and 2015 (from 11.9 million to 20.4 million), the fastest growth rate of any major racial by comparison, the population of the second-fastest growing group, Hispanics, … Continue reading

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Only 30% of Americans like their boss

According to Gallup, many people in the world hate their job and especially their boss. What the whole world wants is a good job, and we are failing to deliver it — particularly to millennials. This means human development is failing, … Continue reading

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