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STUDY: Dakotas, Region Rank Well in Household Financial Security

(NPN) -- South and North Dakota and other Northern Plains states rank well in a new study examining household financial security across the United States...

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Dakotas Rank High in Payroll to Population Rankings. Who’s Getting Paid?

(NPN) -- While Washington, D.C. had the highest Payroll to Population rate in the country in 2013, at 55.7 percent, a cluster of states in the Northern Plains -- North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Iowa and South Dakota -- all made the top 10.

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Matthew Giarmo of Alexandria, Virginia, who lost his contract job with the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012, holds up a sign seeking a job with a lower salary than he would normally ask on a street corner October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Dakota Politicians Brag About Low Unemployment. One Rate Paints Darker Picture.

Rates for long-term unemployment in North and South Dakota are five to nine times the “official” unemployment rates.

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Yankton, South Dakota
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Yankton’s Construction Value Plummets in 2013

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Unlike other South Dakota cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City, Yankton last year saw a big drop in building.

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U.S. President Barack Obama
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Obama to Press Jobs Agenda with Executive Actions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery despite a divided Congress.

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A man practices Tai Chi at the Bund as heavy smog engulfs the city on November 7, 2013 in Shanghai, China.
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Companies Must Sign Up Soon for China Trip

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Officials say companies must apply soon if they want to join Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the next trade mission to China.

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Unemployment Benefits Bill Clears Hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

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Janet Yellen
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Yellen Faces Challenges as Fed Trims Bond Buys

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen will take the helm of a Federal Reserve facing a significantly different economic landscape than the one that dominated Ben Bernanke's tenure as chairman.

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Housing Sales Decline As Market Cools

Mortgage Rates Rise Slightly – Average US Rate on 30-year Loan at 4.53 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages edged higher this week for the third straight week but remained low by historical standards.

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Manufacturing Expands at Solid Pace in December, Construction Rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew at a healthy pace in December as factories stepped up hiring and received more orders. The expansion suggests solid growth at the end of the year.

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