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Social Security Announces 2.0 Percent Benefit Increase for 2018

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Retirement/Social Security

Announces the Cost of Living Adjustment for the coming year based on the movement of the Consumer Price Index.  From the Social Security Administration


Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

State personal consumption expenditures grew on average 4% in 2016, the same as in 2015.  The range was 6.2% in Utah to 0.2% in North Dakota with Virginia at 3.6%.   From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


FREDcast Forecasting Game

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Economic forecasting game involving CPI inflation, GDP growth, unemployment, and payroll jobs.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


H.R. 3840: The Affordable College Textbook Act

Categories: Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation

Legislation introduced in Congress to expand the use of open textbooks to bring about savings for students.  Provides text of the introduced bill and allows for tracking of progress through legislative process.  From


Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and other Entertainment

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Athletics/Exercise,Libraries/Museums,Prices/Inflation,Recreation/Travel,Statistics

In 2015 Americans spent an average of $652 on fees and admissions for entertainment.  The figures do not include spending on out-of-town events because of inadequacies in the data.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


2017-18 Tuition and Fees Report: Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Finds an average increase of 5.4% in tuition and mandatory fees in Fall 2017.  Also covers tuition and fee trends in Virginia over the past 25 years, trends in tuition increases at the national level, and tables with individual institutional charges.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Estimates that 30.3 million Americans of all ages had diabetes or 9.4% of the U.S. population and cost factors were estimated to be $345 billion. Also details incidence of diabetes by demographic characteristics and geographic factors.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2016-17; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2015-16; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2015-16: First Look

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

A preliminary look at current costs, degrees awarded, and persistence in higher education.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


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