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Pic-of-the-Week: The Energy States are Flying High – Almost Like 1982? (11/24/2014)

The Energy States are Flying High – Almost Like 1982? The ongoing resurgence in the oil and gas industry is once again driving overall activity in the key energy-producing states. Our pic-of-the-week details the share of total state earnings derived from the oil and gas industry. Oklahoma currently leads the way with 12.7% of total state earnings derived from the sector. Remarkably, the massive state of Texas

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Pic-of-the-Week: Does Expensive Housing = High Living Costs?

The cost of living in a state typically reflects housing costs, but not always – The variation in housing costs across the 50 states is remarkable. The average value of a single family owner-occupied home in the U.S. ranges from a low of $145,000 in Oklahoma to a high of $877,000 in Hawaii.  Similarly, the overall cost of living in Hawaii is 17% above the national average but is 10% below in Oklahoma. Yet per capita personal income is only about 10% higher in Hawaii. 

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