While the final projections are still to come later in 2017, it is currently estimated that the over 60 million people that are enrolled in the social security program can expect as much as a 2.2% increase in 2018. If it comes to fruition, this will be the largest increase in six years, and that amount will be about 700% greater than the 2017 increase.
The unemployment rate has been hovering in the mid to low 4 percent range in 2017,and companies are almost desperate for able bodied workers. One of the issues being faced by businesses is the fact that hundreds of thousands of people can’t even work due to Opioid abuse. It is estimated that the issue is impacting about 900,000 Americans.
Over the last few years the cost to either rent and/or buy a home has been increasing at a rapid rate. This has lead to at least 33% of Americans being what is known as “cost burdened”. But the news is even worse than that, as that latest data is from 2015. As we progress throughout calendar 2017, that percentage is bound to be even much worse.
High speed internet access, such as cable, fiber, or even DSL, is often critical to education as well as employment. Even though service is very important to people no matter where they live, the rural population is falling way behind in this access when compared to people that live in cities or the suburbs. In fact there is about a 35% difference between these too regions.
Temperatures are increasing across many parts of the country, in particular on the East coast and in the Midwest. Calendar year 2017 continues to bring large parts of the nation record temperatures. In order to get some relief, cooling centers provide residents a place to go to get out of the heat. They are available for anyone that wants to use it. People that are struggling to pay utilities often drop in, they help keep seniors cool, and the homeless can also drop by.