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Central American Families and the Border Crisis

April 12, 2019

Almost 92,000 migrants were apprehended just inside the Mexico-US border in March 2019, including 58,000 Central American parents with children and 8,900 children traveling alone. Some 107,212 families were arrested just inside the Mexico-US border in FY18.

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Leading Wine Exporters to the US

April 12, 2019

Some 410 million cases of wine were sold in the US in 2018; each case is 2.4 gallons, and each gallon is five bottles. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and French Rosè were standout performers in 2018, with a growing volume sold at higher-than-average prices.

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Rural Labor Force Participation

April 12, 2019

The US labor force participation rate, the share of persons 16 and older who are employed or looking for work, peaked at 67 percent in early 2001 and has fallen to 63 percent. Slower labor force growth and lower labor force participation can translate into slower economic growth unless productivity rises to offset fewer workers.

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Who is Middle Class?

April 12, 2019

The US has no official definition of middle class. Most definitions of middle class are based on household income. The median US household income in 2016 was $53,000, meaning that half of US households had higher and half had lower incomes. The average household income was higher, $83,100, because of high-income households.

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World Population to Quadruple in Less than a Century

April 12, 2019

The world’s population, two billion in 1927, doubled to four billion in 1974 and is projected to reach eight billion in 2023.

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Unauthorized Foreigners in the US

March 28, 2019

A quarter of the 44 million foreign-born residents are unauthorized. The fate of these unauthorized foreigners, and how to prevent more from arriving, has dominated immigration reform debates since the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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More workers are being brought to farms by nonfarm employers

March 28, 2019

The most comprehensive current data on workers employed on farms is from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. Employers report employment and the wages paid to hired workers whey submitting the taxes to provide unemployment insurance benefits to laid off workers.

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US Labor Force Participation

March 28, 2019

The US labor force participation rate, the share of persons 16 and older who are employed or looking for work, peaked at 67 percent in early 2001 and has since fallen to 63 percent. The employment-to-population ratio, the share of those 16 and older who are employed, follows a similar pattern, viz, peaking soon after 2000, falling sharply during and after the 2008-09 recession, and climbing as the unemployment rate fell to four percent.

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Global and African Population

March 28, 2019

The world’s population of 7.7 billion in 2018 is growing by 82 million or a Germany a year. The global population is projected to continue increasing, rising to almost 10 billion in 2050 and over 11 billion in 2100.

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South African Agriculture

March 28, 2019

South Africa is the world’s 25th largest country in area, but only an eighth of its land, some 80 million hectares, can be used to grow crops, and only three percent of this crop land is considered prime farm land. Agriculture contributes three percent to SA GDP, compared with 13 percent for manufacturing, eight percent for mining, and 76 percent for services.

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