Interesting research and statistics about unemployment, the jobs situation, insurance, budgeting and more.

Grocery Store Comparison Infographic - Aldi wins
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Apples to Apples: SafetyNet™ Compares 4 Top Grocery Chain Prices

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]

Cheap Fruits and Veggies Infographic
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Infographic: 10 Cheap Fruits and Veggies Under 30 Cents per Portion

Everyone thinks it costs a lot more to eat healthy, but this infographic shows 10 cheap fruits and veggies that are under 30 center per portion, including broccoli, carrots, oranges and plums. Replace your afternoon bag of chips with something from this list, and you’ll save money and get a little nutrition while you’re at it. To […]

Man in wheelchair researching Social Security disability
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How Does Social Security Disability Insurance Work?

It’s not something most of us think about on a daily basis, but injury and illness prevent millions of Americans from earning an income each year. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) a little more than 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement. While Social Security benefits […]

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Infographic: Top 10 Projected Occupational Losses in Wisconsin for 2024

The number of jobs in some occupations is declining in Wisconsin, according to these Wisconsin Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections from 2014-2024. The Wisconsin occupation projections in this infographic are for the year 2024 and reflect the projected change from 2014. These projections were derived using May 2015 OES Survey, annual data 2014 QCEW and CES data, unpublished […]

Woman paying bills - April financial literacy month
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National Financial Literacy Month: Do You Know How to Calculate Compound Interest?

Suppose you owe $1,000 on a loan and the interest rate is 20% per year compounded annually. If you didn’t pay anything off, at this interest rate, how many years would it take for the amount you owe to double?*

If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test with questions about interest rates, mortgages and economic trends, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation.

SafetyNet infographic 2016 jobs report
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Infographic of U.S. Employment Numbers by Industry

December 2016 Jobs Report This is an infographic showing the U.S. employment numbers by industry for November 2016 as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics / U.S. Department of Labor in December. The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 178,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. […]