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The 9 most in-demand jobs that pay more than $100,000


phototechno A six-figure job is often seen as the hallmark of success, but how difficult is it to find one? Workers in certain high-paying professions are likely to face a tougher time securing a job, based on a combination of demand, skills and industry trends. Many of the six-figure jobs …

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7 cities with the most residents struggling to pay rent


Photobuay What’s good news for landlords can spell trouble for tenants. The share of American households who rent their homes has reached a 50-year high, at about 37 percent, according to the Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies’ annual State of the Nation’s Housing report. That’s up five percentage …

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5 signs you belong to the middle class


Choreograph Reports of the demise of the middle class may be premature, to paraphrase Mark Twain About seven out of 10 Americans consider themselves middle class, according to a new survey from Northwestern Mutual, a Milwaukee-based insurance company. The survey is part of an ongoing research effort from the insurer …

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12 major American cities that are shrinking


zhudifeng Some American cities have enjoyed a revival during the past two decades, with urban centers like New York City attracting new residents and businesses. Yet rather than enjoying the success stories of big cities such as San Francisco, a dozen metropolitan areas are suffering population losses, according to recent …

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7 paint colors that can boost the value of your home


irina88w Home sellers are often advised to slap on a fresh coat of paint before listing their properties, but they shouldn’t overlook the impact of color. A Zillow analysis of more than 32,000 photos from sold residential properties finds specific colors can either boost or crimp a home’s selling price. …

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9 jobs with the fastest wage growth


adrian825 The post-recession years haven’t been kind to many workers, with all but the top-earners suffering from years of wage stagnation. That trend may be shifting, thanks to a tight labor market that’s putting pressure on companies to compete for workers, including in some entry-level fields. Minimum wage hikes in …

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Are you smarter financially than a 15-year-old?


PIKSEL America’s teenagers don’t particularly excel at financial literacy, but their parents and elders may be no better. Given that only 17 U.S. states require high schools to provide basic financial education, most American kids either learn from their parents or must educate themselves. Unfortunately, their parents may not be …

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9 internships that pay better than "real" jobs


Oko_SwanOmurphy The traditional internship in the U.S. was once a low-wage, or even unpaid, rite of passage for college students, who spent their summers answering phones or making coffee. How times have changed. The top internships at some of America’s biggest businesses today pay far more than the typical worker …

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5 signs you're no longer middle class


Jen Grantham America’s middle class isn’t what it used to be. The share of Americans who are considered in that group shrank from 1991 to 2010, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center that covers this 20-year period. At the beginning of the 1990s, 62 percent of …

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9 college majors with the biggest gender pay gap


Mirko Popadic, Getty Images/iStockphoto The gender pay gap is largely understood by economists to be an enduring problem in the labor market, but the causes continue to spark debate. Occupational sorting, or how women and men sift themselves into traditional “female” and “male” jobs, is one explanation for why women …

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