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Month: February 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Alabama Among the States Using the Most Mood-Altering Drugs

Over the Great Recession, an estimated 7 million Americans lost their homes, 7.6 million lost their jobs, and nearly every American experienced lower economic security. Along with economic hardship and insecurity, Americans’ drug use also increased. While 18.9% of Americans use mood-altering drugs or medications to help them relax almost every day, a nation-leading 28.2% […]

Alabama Unemployment Steady in 2016

With 2016 unemployment rates of 2.7%, New Hampshire and South Dakota replaced North Dakota as the states with the lowest unemployment rates — the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday. New Mexico’s 6.7% unemployment rate is the highest in the country, pushing West Virginia and Nevada out of that position. National unemployment figures were […]

Alabama Life Expectancy is 2nd Lowest in Nation

According to the latest annual intelligence report from civil rights advocacy group the Southern Poverty Law Center, 917 hate groups were active across the nation last year, up from 892 in 2015, and 784 in 2014. Because these groups have a tendency to hide the nature of their organizations, these tallies — while the best […]

Alabama Has 4th Highest Sales Tax

Because sales tax is regressive — disproportionately affecting poorer residents — the decision to raise or lower the sales tax rate is often accompanied by intense debate. Still, last year, hundreds of cities and several states raised sales tax rates, although many others lowered rates as well. Sales taxes are levied by both state and […]

Why Public Transit Use is Rare in Mobile

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Mobile metro area, 0.3% of workers commute on public transit, smaller than the national […]

Alabama Among the States Getting the Least Sleep

More than one in three adults in America are getting less sleep than they need. While insufficient sleep is often considered normal, it can have dramatic effects on a population’s health and productivity. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, sleep deprivation in America is a largely unaddressed and growing public health […]

Alabama Among the 10 States With the Most Hate Groups

According to the latest annual intelligence report from civil rights advocacy group the Southern Poverty Law Center, 917 hate groups were active across the nation last year, up from 892 in 2015, and 784 in 2014. Because these groups have a tendency to hide the nature of their organizations, these tallies — while the best […]

Alabama Worse Than Most States For Business

For 83 straight months, nearly seven years, the U.S. private sector has added jobs. Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this year. By these and other key measures, business in the United […]

RSA Battle House Tower is Alabama’s Tallest Building

Mankind has always sought to rise above the clouds, but it was not until the late 19th century that the technology became available to make what we commonly call skyscrapers today possible. In 1884, construction on the Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed. It was 12 stories tall, which is practically diminutive by today’s […]

Gas Tax in Alabama is Lower Than in Most States

The federal government has some $51.4 billion in its coffers, primarily set aside for road construction and repair. These funds are raised from a federally imposed 18.4 cent tax on every gallon of gas purchased on American soil. On top of the federal tax, each state collects its own tax on every gallon of gas […]

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