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2016's States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates

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Economic Indicators

March 2017 building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 1,260,000, up 3.6% from February 2017 and up 17.0% from March 2016.   Apr. 18, 2017 More»

February 2017 business inventories were $1,839.9 billion, up 0.3% from January 2017 and up 2.8% from February 2016.   Apr. 14, 2017 More»

March 2017 retail and food services sales were $470.8 billion, down 0.2% from February 2017 but up 5.2% from March 2016   Apr. 14, 2017 More»

February 2017 wholesale inventories were $594.2 billion, up 0.4% from the revised January 2017 and up 3.2% from February 2016. Sales were $464.9 billion, up 0.6% from the revised January and up 9.9% from February 2016.   Apr. 7, 2017 More»

February 2017 new orders for manufactured goods increased 1.0%, to $476.5 billion. Unfilled orders increased 0.1%, to $1,115.3 billion and inventories rose 0.2%, to $630.0 billion.  Apr. 4, 2017 More»

February 2017 international trade deficit decreased 9.6%, to $43.6 billion from January 2017. Exports increased 0.2%, to $192.9 billion, and imports fell 1.8%, to $236.4 billion.   Apr. 4, 2017 More»

February 2017 construction spending was $1,192.8 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.8% from January 2017 and up 3.0% from February 2017.    Apr. 3, 2017 More»

February 2017 personal income increased $57.7 billion and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $44.6 billion.   Mar. 31, 2017 More»

According to today's third estimate, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1% in the fourth quarter of 2016. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.5%.   Mar. 30, 2017 More»

February 2017 new orders for manufactured goods rose 1.7%, to $235.4 billion. Unfilled orders virtually unchanged, to $1,114.7 billion and inventories rose 0.2%, to $385.1 billion.   Mar. 24, 2017 More»

February 2017 sales of new single-family houses were 592,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), up 6.1% from January 2017 and up 12.8% from February 2016.   March. 23, 2017 More»


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