Best U.S. Cities to Live on a $60,000 Salary

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the U.S. was $61,937 in 2018. What kind of life does this afford the average American? The answer depends on a variety of factors, such as spending and saving habits, as well as the cost of living. In addressing the cost of living factor, SmartAsset released a report listing the best cities to live in the country with an income of $60,000.

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October 2019 California Wildfires: Updates & Resources

The state of California has been dealing with at least ten active fires this past month, including the Kincade Fire, Getty Fire, Easy Fire and the recent Hillside Fire that started last night in San Bernardino County. NAWRB provides the latest updates on these fires and must-know resources for those affected by these tragic events. While Cal Fire firefighters still work hard to contain these fires and affected homeowners plan their next steps, it is important to know about the available resources for financial and physical damage recovery.

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WHER Chat: One in Five Older Americans Live in Rural Areas

One in five older Americans live in rural areas, with many concentrated in states where more than half of the older population lives in rural areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent The Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016. The report shows that 17.5 percent of the rural population was 65 years and older during this time compared to 13.8 percent in urban areas. 

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National Geographic’s Best & Worst Countries to Be a Woman

A National Geographic report ranks the best and worst countries to be a woman based on data from the upcoming Women, Peace, and Security Index, which analyzes global differences by “measuring women’s inclusion in society, sense of security, and exposure to discrimination.” Norway ranks as the top country to be a woman, while the United States ranked at No.19. 

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WHER Chat: California is Home to Top Cities for Minority-Owned Startups

Ecommerce software platform Volusion released a report on the top places in the United States with the greatest share of minority-owned startups. Their findings show that five out of the top 15 metropolitan areas with the highest share of minority-owned startups are in California, and only the top nine areas have more than 40 percent minority-owned startups. 

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the plethora of contributions by America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year is ‘The Right Talent, Right Now.’ 

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WHER Chat: Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

From September 15th to October 15th, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, stories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and the Caribbean. The observance began in September 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded into a month in 1989.

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Unemployment Rate Hits 50-Year Low in September

The unemployment rate, or the jobless rate, dropped 0.2 percentage points to 3.5 percent in September 2019, marking the lowest rate since December 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). When discouraged workers and the underemployed are factored in, the rate has still declined 0.3 percentage points to 6.9 percent, matching its lowest in almost 19 years and near the all-time low of 6.8 percent. 

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WHER Chat: October is National Women’s Small Business Month!

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the growth achievements of women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs across the country in recent years. Women own 42 percent of businesses in the United States and they generate $1.9 trillion in revenue each year. Join us this month as we acknowledge the accomplishments of women business owners and supporting their growth by leveraging  resources for their continued success! 

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WHER Chat: Majority of States with Highest Poverty Rates are in the South

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey one-year estimates reveal that the national poverty rate was 11.8 percent in 2018, a decrease from 12.3 percent in 2017. Fourteen states had a poverty decline, while Connecticut was the only state to have an increase during the same time period. Seven states had poverty rates lower than 10 percent in 2018, but other states have the highest poverty rates up to 19.7 percent. Read more for a list of the states with the highest poverty rates. 

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