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What are America’s fastest growing occupations going to be over the next decade? The BLS projects that wind turbine service technicians are going to be the country’s fastest growing occupation between 2014 and 2024, with a whopping +108% growth. Their services are certainly going to be in demand with U.S. wind energy capacity predicted to increase +15% this year and +14% in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, the vast majority of fast job growth over the coming decade or so will be in the healthcare sector, accounting for all but three of the top ten fastest growing occupations. Occupational therapy assistants and physical therapist assistants can expect job growth of +42.7% and +40.6% respectively by 2024. (Source: Statista)
The American middle class is now matched in numbers by those in the economic tiers above and below. In early 2015, it was estimated that 120.8 million adults were considered “middle-income” households, or about 50% of the total U.S. population. While the “middle-class” has been shrinking, the far edges of the income spectrum have shown the most growth. In 2015, 20% of American adults were in the lowest-income tier, up from 16% in 1971. On the opposite side, 9% are in the highest-income tier, more than double the 4% share in 1971. At the same time, the shares of adults in the lower-middle or upper-middle income tiers were nearly unchanged. “Middle-income” Americans are defined as adults whose annual household income is two-thirds to double the national median, about $42,000 to $126,000 annually in 2014 dollars for a household of three. Under this definition, the middle class made up 50% of the U.S. adult population in 2015, down from 61% in 1971. Read more details from the study over at Pew Research Center
Thinking of planning an important event or maybe a family vacation, you may want to check this map first. This is a “Coldest Day of the Year” map derived from the 1981 – 2010 averages of low temperatures for every day. From these values, the NOAA can identify which day of the year, on average, has the lowest minimum temperature. As you can see, on average the western half of the Lower 48 typically reaches its climatological coldest day in December, whereas most eastern stations reach their minimum in January.