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Social Security To Announce No COLA For 2011

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Another year without an increase in Social Security retirement and disability benefits is creating a political backlash that has Pr...

How to Live on $0 a Day: Can You Afford a Job in This Economy?

Lesley Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lesley Stern

As the "Summer of Recovery" draws to a close and labor day soon approaches, it's time to discuss what to do when after months of chronic unemployment, someone actually responds to one of the 2,000 applications you've submitted over the past months.

CNBC Names America's Top States For Business In 2010--How'd Colorado Stack Up? (VOTE)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

CNBC recently released their annual assessment of the top states in the nation for business. While Colorado's overall ranking of no. 3 remains unchan...

Americans On The MOVE

forbes.com | Jon Bruner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see coming...

The Mind and Mood of Connecticut

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marian Salzman

"Keep the younger generation in the state, provide jobs for the population, send the illegal immigrants back to their countries. We need jobs to provi...

Growing Old in West Virginia - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Stacy Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Sanders

When it comes to aging in place, there's a lot to learn from West Virginia. It is the nation's second oldest state and with a burgeoning aging populat...

Dear Santa

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Dear Santa, This year, I am not asking for a cure for breast cancer, or cures for world hunger, ignorance, the crappy world economy, homelessness, th...

Colorado Minimum Wage Will Drop By 4 Cents WIth Cost Of Living

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As the consumer pricing index continues to fall, the State of Colorado will become the first state since 1938 to lower it's minimum wage. From the ...

Surprise: Obama Isn't the Enemy of Seniors After All

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Miller

Obama's endorsement of a one-time payment to Social Security recipients helps position him on the side of seniors at a time when many already are angry with him about health care reform.

Ford Workers Reject Contract changes

AP | DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. workers have overwhelmingly rejected contract changes that would have allowed the automaker to cut labor costs, leaving...

Food Prices Poised To Rise

DailyFinance | Dan Burrows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If there's any silver lining to a recession -- albeit a thin one -- it's that consumer prices typically go down. Make no mistake, deflation is a sign ...

Lies, Statistics and Economic Statistics

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Brenner

Here is a quick everyman's guide to economic statistics. Making sense of the figures demands a large measure of skepticism and an eye for misrepresentation and forgery.

Ireland, Long One Of World's Most Expensive Countries, Gets Cheaper

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Conor O'Clery | GlobalPost DUBLIN -- Long classified as one of the more expensive countries in the world, Ireland is steadily becoming a cheaper...

Colorado Minimum Wage May Drop As Living Costs Fall

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DENVER — Colorado's lowest-paid workers could make even less money next year. That's because the state has an adjustable minimum wage that may b...

Vanishing Social Security COLA Adjustment Will Squeeze Some Seniors

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

The vanishing COLA will squeeze many retirees hard. Social Security provides, on average, about 39 percent of income for retired households and more than 50 million people receive benefits.

Rare Drop In Cost Of Living

New York Times | Patrick McGeehan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Most New Yorkers may not have noticed their wallets bulging, but according to the federal Department of Labor, the cost of living in New York City dec...

Who Said A Good Newspaper Has to Be Affordable?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Jaffe

At the rate we're going, the Times subscription rates will cross into the magic four-digit range before Obama exits the White House.

Comparing Costs Today, 1950

mjperry.blogspot.com | Mark J. Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

With some help from the Student Entrepreneur Society at the University of Michigan-Flint (especially Jennifer Moore), and an old 1950 Sears catalog pu...

Cost of Living Dropped By The Most In 60 Years Last Month

Bloomberg News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The cost of living in the U.S. probably fell in October by the most in almost sixty years, while manufacturing and homebuilding sank deeper into a rec...

Consumer prices flat in September

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumer prices were flat in September as retreating costs for gasoline, clothes and new cars helped to offset rising prices for fo...

Stocks shoot higher as volatility continues

AP | TIM PARADIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Wall Street turned in another stunning finish Thursday and extended its unprecedented streak of volatility _ this time, to the upside...

McCain Wrong, Real Estate Prices Must Devalue

Vanessa Edwards Foster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Vanessa Edwards Foster

Either American living standards must continue eroding at a shocking pace, or the costs of these living standards must come down accordingly in order to give American workers a chance to compete for jobs.

U.S. Inflation At A Glance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Reports on inflation showed big price increases at the consumer level and the wholesale level for June, driven by higher energy and food costs. Here ...

Consumer Confidence Dives In June

AP | ELLEN SIMON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — U.S. consumers are the gloomiest they've been since the tail end of the last prolonged recession. Inflation, sinking home values and ...