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International Comparisons of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Cost Trends 2006

Categories: Labor/Employment,Manufacturing,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/prod4.pdf

U.S. manufacturing labor productivity in 2006 increased by 2.4% which was 11th out of 16 countries compared. Korea and Taiwan at 10.8% and 6.9% ranked highest. Canada was the only country with no productivity growth. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New Data on Residents of Adult Correctional Facilities, Nursing Homes and Other Group Quarters

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/010709.html

Press release announcing the availability of data on the social and economic characteristics of people living in group quarters such as prisons, college dorms, and nursing homes. State must have minimum number of group quarter residents for data availability. Also, from the American Community Survey, latest data on social and economic characteristics for more than 100 race and ethnic groups and 72 ancestry groups at the national and state level. From the Census Bureau.

Prototype Estimates of Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2001-2005

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_metro/2007/pdf/gdp_metro0907.pdf

Announces the initial release of statistics on economic output by metropolitan area in the U.S. Finds that real GDP grew in 327 of 363 U.S. metro areas in 2005. Current dollar GDP for the New York metro area was $1.1 trillion which would rank New York metro area higher than all states except California and 10th among all countries. From the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Social Security Reform: The Nature of the Problem

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/reports/post.pdf

The first in a series of issue briefs presenting the views of the Treasury Department on the financial challenges related to the social security program.

Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2002?

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Prices/Inflation

http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/h121-07-1.pdf

Reports that 56% of American families could afford to buy a modestly priced home or condominium in 2002. Modestly priced homes were defined as those less expensive than 75% of the homes in the area of residence. In 1984 and 1988, 60% of American families were able to buy modestly priced homes. From the Census Bureau.

Occupational Pay Comparisons Among Metropolitan Areas, 2006

Categories: Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Virginia Issues

ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/news.release/ncspay.txt

San Francisco (119) had the highest average metro area pay and Brownsville, Texas (78) the lowest during 2006. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News scored a 91 on the relative pay scale.. Covers 78 metro areas and 9 major occupational groups for each area. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Greenland Snow Melting Hit Record High in High Places

Categories: Climate Change,Environment

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/environment/greenland_recordhigh.html

Reports that 2007 marked an overall rise in the melting trend over the entire Greenland ice sheet and was greater than ever at high-altitude areas From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Presidential Claims of Executive Privilege: History, Law, Practice and Recent Developments

Categories: Congress,Presidency

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RL30319.pdf

Reviews past incidents where presidential claims of a right to preserve confidentiality of information have collided with legislative demands for access to such information. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

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