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Pew – Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists

“Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology in recent years, but they remain less likely than nonrural adults to have home broadband, smartphones and other devices. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of rural Americans say they have a broadband internet connection at home, up from about a third (35%) in 2007, according to a… Continue Reading

This Map Reveals the Top 2017 Brands for each Country

“You can probably rattle off the names of a few dozen countries around the world. But can you name each of those countries’ biggest brands? Probably not. And yet, many of those brands have more money and power than most countries. So perhaps schools should teach less geography, more global brands. This map is a… Continue Reading

Wall St 24/7 – The Value of a Dollar in Each State

“The value of a dollar is not the same everywhere. Prices even of identical items vary dramatically depending on where they are sold. The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates regional price parities — differences in the price levels of goods and services — in each state. Using this data from the BEA, 24/7 Wall St.… Continue Reading

Guardian – How real books have trumped ebooks

Alex Preston – The digital revolution was expected to kill traditional publishing. But print books are ever more beautifully designed and lovingly cherished “James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones, contends that the resurgence of the physical book is real and sustainable. Furthermore, a focus on the book as object of desire has been central to… Continue Reading

Household Debt Reaches New Peak Driven by Gains in Mortgage, Auto, and Student Debt

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: “The Center for Microeconomic Data’s latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit reveals that total household debt achieved a new peak in the first quarter of 2017, rising by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion—$50 billion above the previous peak reached in the third quarter of 2008. Balances climbed… Continue Reading

GAO – Gov’t Opportunities to Address Pervasive Management Risks and Challenges while Reducing Federal Costs

Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Address Pervasive Management Risks and Challenges while Reducing Federal Costs, GAO-17-631T: Published: May 17, 2017. Publicly Released: May 17, 2017: “The federal government is on a long-term, unsustainable fiscal path—it is spending more money than it is collecting. We’ve made hundreds of recommendations through our High Risk list and… Continue Reading

The Emoji States of America – a new way to present government data

I admit to not being and emjoi aficionado, so to make up for this apparent deficit, I offer you The Emoji States of America – via Axios Visuals Editor Lazaro Gamio: “This visualization is a modified version of Chernoff Faces, a technique that maps multiple statistical values to the features of a face. Because it’s… Continue Reading

The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report

Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy (MC 347) University of Illinois at Chicago: “The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report provides a comprehensive picture of the changing conditions of racial and ethnic groups in Chicago during the last half century. The report provides accessible data and analysis on how racial and ethnic groups… Continue Reading

Annual Survey of State Government Finances

“The 2015 Annual Survey of State Government Finances provides a comprehensive summary of annual survey findings for state governments. The findings show revenues, expenditures, debt, and cash and security holdings for each state, as well as a national summary of state government finances. The major source of these public finance statistics are the states’ own… Continue Reading

NOAA Fisheries Economics of US and ImprovedStatus of Stocks Reports

“Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the release of two new reports: the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States Report. These reports highlight the continued rebuilding and recovery of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries on the U.S.… Continue Reading

Trends in Prevailing Wage Laws, 2017

Council of State Governments: “Prevailing wage laws are laws created by state governments or local municipalities to set a rate of pay that is thought to be standard for a labor group contracted to do public-sector projects in that area. The standard rate of pay is oftentimes determined by analyzing local wage data and identifying… Continue Reading

Food waste: the problem in the EU in numbers – Infographic

European Parliament – “Some 88 million tonnes of food are wasted in the EU every year, equivalent to 173 kilos per person. Not only is this a waste or resources, it also contributes to climate change. Parliament is working on new measures to cut food waste in the EU by 50%. Check out our infographic… Continue Reading