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Month: July 2017

Why Finding Full-Time Work in Alabama is Harder Than Most States

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently 4.4%, nearly its lowest point in a decade. While the unemployment rate reflects the millions of Americans who are out of work and actively seeking employment, the measure does not fully capture the degree to which Americans are unable to find the jobs they want. In addition to those […]

Alabama Has the 2nd Highest Share of Residents Collecting Disability

More than 10 million Americans received disability benefits in 2015. These benefits, paid mostly to disabled workers, totalled $11.4 billion per month. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of each state’s population receiving disability insurance using data released annually by the Social Security Administration. While the size of the average disability check tends to be […]

Mobile is the City in Alabama Where Your Car is Most Likely to Be Stolen

Motor vehicle theft in the United States increased significantly in 2016, the first substantial increase in 15 years. Still, last year’s uptick is minuscule when compared to the overall downward trend in car thefts of the past quarter century. In fact, despite an increase of roughly 70 million registered vehicles nationwide since 1991, the 750,000 […]

Fertility Rate in Alabama Lower Than in Most States

Ever wonder which states are contributing the most to our ever-expanding population? Or the ones that are contributing the least? Of course, generally, a state’s population size matters most — the larger the size of the populace the more the state is likely to contribute to U.S. population growth. But a state’s fertility rate and […]

Alabama Among the States With the Least Cat Owners

When it comes to cats, it won’t take you nine lifetimes to see how popular they are in the United States. These typically furry and cuddly animals were considered sacred in ancient Egypt. Today, with over 74 million cats living in over 36 million American households, many have welcomed our feline overlords — in real […]

Alabama is the 3rd Most Violent State in America

As it stands, the nationwide violent crime rate today is about half what it was in 1993. While the United States is a much more peaceful place than it has been in decades, millions of Americans still live in relatively violent areas. How peaceful or violent a given state is depends on more than the […]

Gun Background Checks in Alabama Down Sharply in 2017

The pace of FBI firearm background checks so far this year is down drastically, by about 9%, from 2016. Through June 30, the FBI has performed 1.2 million fewer firearm background checks than in the same period in 2016, putting this year on pace for the biggest annual decline in checks since the bureau started […]

Alabama Among the States Where Obamacare is Disappearing the Fastest

There has been an erosion in the number of insurance companies participating in the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces. As insurers have exited states’ exchanges in recent years, the number of insurers has fallen to just one in these five states: Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming, according to data from the Menlo […]

Average Wedding in Alabama Costs $20,000

If you’re planning on getting married soon, you’re probably aware of how expensive weddings can be. Nationwide, couples spend an average of $26,720 on their weddings, but this changes dramatically depending on the state you plan to exchange vows in. So, how much are the couples in your area actually spending? 24/7 Wall St. reviewed […]

Alabama Among the States Where People Love Dogs the Most

Whether you’re a canine lover or feline fanatic, one thing’s for certain: Dogs and cats are the most popular pets in America. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households have a dog, and 30.4% of households have a cat. Notice that only 48 states were included in the AVMA survey as Alaska […]

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