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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Trends in Unemployment and Other Labor Market Difficulties

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Examines trends in the alternative measures of labor underutilization in the period from 1994 to 2014.  From the  Bureau of Labor Statistics


What Drives U.S. Gasoline Prices?

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Discusses the impact of rising domestic crude oil production on U.S. gas prices and how changes to existing crude oil export restrictions might affect gasoline prices.  From the Energy Information Administration


Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

Water use in the U.S. has dropped 13% since 2005; the 2010 estimates of 355 billion gallons per day put total withdrawals at the lowest level since before 1970.   Thermoelectric power and irrigation were the two main uses for water in 2010.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Consumer Spending and U.S. Employment from the 2007-2009 Recession Through 2022

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Consumer spending is projected to support stable job growth with increasing expenditures on health care, but consumer spending and job growth are expected to grow slower than in the past. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Border Security: Immigration Inspections at Ports of Entry

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel

Describes the current border control and immigration  inspection systems in place and the use of biographic as opposed to biometric system checks. Concludes with a discussion of issues to be resolved by Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Voter Identification Requirements: Background and Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Since 2008 more than 30 states have enacted laws relating to voter identification with several containing photo ID requirements.  This report reviews the controversial voter identification measures including arguments for and against such measures, legal and constitutional issues relating to voter ID laws, and voter ID-related legislation in the 113th Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor: A Library of Congress Exhibition: November 6, 2014 – January 19, 2015

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain,History,Libraries/Museums

Online site for the exhibit of the Magna Carta at the Library of Congress.  From the Library of Congress


Long-Term Implications of the 2015 Future Years Defense Program

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Headlines

The congressional budget forecasters’ analysis of the planned five year defense budget, known as the Future Years Defense Program and their projection of its budgetary impact for a decade beyond the period it covers.  In this report, the budgetary impact covers 2015 to 2030.  From the Congressional Budget Office


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