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Women Are Owning More and More Small Businesses

But don't celebrate just yet.

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The Very Real Hardship of Unpredictable Work Schedules

The 17 percent of workers who deal with erratic scheduling tend to be those who can afford instability the least.

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From Unemployed to Small-Business Owner

How a New York state program helps out-of-work people start businesses while still collecting unemployment insurance.

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Where the White People Live

How self-segregation and concentrated affluence became normal in America.

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Rich People Are Great at Spending Money to Make Their Kids Rich, Too

The poor spend relatively more on what will keep them alive, because they must, and the rich spend more on what will keep them rich, because they can.

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What Education Can and Can't Do for Economic Inequality

A new study looks at whether or not a college degree can chip away at income disparities.

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How the Recession Changed Long-Term Unemployment

This downturn and recovery have been different than others, and workers of all types have suffered.

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The City That Believed in Desegregation

Integration isn't easy, but Louisville, Kentucky, has decided that it's worth it.

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Stuck With a House That Can't Be Sold

Even though the housing market is improving, some owners with troubled properties won't see relief anytime soon.

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Finding the Right Price for Water

Economists say that the resource is currently too cheap. Will dry conditions finally help give the issue the political clout necessary to charge more?

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The Economics of California's Drought

What happens when the country's largest state runs low on water?

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Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College

A UPS program in Louisville gives students free tuition for working the third shift, but at what cost?

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Staying Close to Home, No Matter What

Fewer than half of Americans say they're likely to relocate, even if they think their town is headed in the wrong direction.

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Americans Prefer Their Solutions Locally Sourced

Recent battles over national politics, government spending, and the future of the country has left many disillusioned with federal policies.

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What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.

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How Do Americans Feel About Where They Live?

The most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll asked Americans to assess the cities and towns they call home.

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A New Life for Dead Malls

Developers have had to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks.

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The Puzzling Geography of Workers' Compensation

In Pennsylvania, losing an eye on the job warrants as much as $261,525. In Alabama, it can only get you $27,280.

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What 27 Weeks of Unemployment Does to the American Worker

Though the economy is improving, a third of those still looking for work have been jobless for more than six months.