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Spending Habits of Urban Consumers and “Blue Collar” Consumers Living in Urban Areas, 1984 and 2015.

Categories: Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-6/pdf/spending-habits-of-urban-consumers-and-blue-collar-consumers-living-in-urban-areas-1984

Compares spending and budget allocations of all urban consumers (CPI-U) with those of wage earners or clerical workers in urban areas (CPI-W).  Covers the differences in major spending categories and specific categories of general interest.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Snapshot of Older Consumers and Student Loan Debt

Categories: Education-Higher,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Prices/Inflation

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201701_cfpb_OA-Student-Loan-Snapshot.pdf

Describes the increasing student loan debt that older consumers are carrying and how the increased debt burden is affecting their financial security.  This trend is caused by borrowers carrying student loan repayment later in life and older people helping to finance their children’s and grandchildren’s college education.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Expenditures on Children by Families, 2015

Categories: Births/Deaths,Children,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/expenditures_on_children_by_families/crc2015.pdf

AKA. The Cost of Raising a Child.  Estimates that families will spend an average of $233,610 to raise a child, born in 2015,  from birth to age 17.  Includes a range of expenditure levels, from

$174,600 for lower income families to $372,210 for higher income families.  Does not include the cost of a college education.  The annual report is used by states to determine child support and foster care guidelines.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Problems Paying Medical Bills Among Persons Under Age 65: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2011 – June 2016

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/probs_paying_medical_bills_jan_2011_jun_2016.pdf

The percentage of persons in families having problems paying medical bills decreased from 21% to 16% or by 13 million following enactment of the Affordable Care Act.  There were similar decreases in families with children.  Covers selected demographic characteristics and insurance status.   From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

New American Housing Survey Statistics Provide Insight on U.S. Food Insecurity, Housing and Neighborhood Topics

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-193.html

Press release with information on American households including, for the first time in the 42 year history of the American Housing Survey, information on food security status.  10.5 million households or 8.9% reported a lack of money to buy adequate amounts of food.  Also covers housing costs, home financing, home improvements, and neighborhood characteristics.  From the Census Bureau

 

Changes in America’s Public School Facilities: From School Year 1998-99 to School Year 2012-13

Categories: Education,Prices/Inflation,Public Works,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016074.pdf

Summarizes changes in the average age of public schools, ratings of environmental quality of school facilities, repair and maintenance costs, and short-range plans for improving school facilities.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2015-16; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2014-15; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2014-15: First Look (Provisional Data)

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016112rev.pdf

A revised version of a preliminary report first released in July 2016.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Virginia Higher Education Budget Amendment Recommendations

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Prices/Inflation,Virginia Issues

http://www.schev.edu/docs/default-source/Reports-and-Studies/2016-reports/201618budgetrecommendations.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Presents budget amendment recommendations from the Council of Higher Education to the General Assembly for the 2017 legislative session.  From the State Council of Higher Education

 

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