Weak job growth during Bush administration
Over the eight years of the Bush administration, the number of jobs in the nation increased by 2 percent—the weakest job growth in the seven decades this statistic has been compiled.
The Washington Post
No passenger deaths for airlines
For the first time since commercial aviation became popular, not a single passenger has died in a crash of a U.S. airliner for two consecutive years (2007 and 2008).
U.S. spends the most on health care and education
The U.S. spends twice the percentage of its gross domestic product on health care—16 percent—as virtually every other developed country. Our spending on higher education is also double other modern nations’, as measured by percentage of GDP.
The Baltimore Sun
Weather patterns trigger avalanches
Unusual weather patterns have triggered a spate of avalanches at America’s Western ski resorts. Since mid-December, avalanches have caused 13 deaths in the U.S.
The New York Times
Builders plan smaller homes
The size of new homes is shrinking for the first time in at least a decade, with nearly nine in 10 builders saying they are building or planning smaller homes than in the past. The average size of new homes started in the third quarter of 2008 was 2,438 square feet, down from 2,629 in the second quarter.
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