The number of unfilled positions/job openings was at a record high in July 2017, continuing a trend that has been in place for many years. The monthly JOLTS report, or Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, shows that for each person who is seeking employment that there is an open job out there.
Heads up…anyone who is seeking help in obtaining toys for their kid(s) during the 2017 Christmas season should be sure to seek out and/or apply for assistance now. Almost every single program launches at some point in September 2017 or right after. Whether it is the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Adopt a Family, a free food box, or some other service, applications are accepted now.
While the poverty rate is down to 12.7 percent at the end of 2016 (this is a decrease from 15.1% in 2010) there are still over 40 million Americans that fall into this category. That is tens of millions of people that live under the federal government established poverty levels. This includes millions of senior citizens, children, and vulnerable individuals as well.
The list below in compiled from data released by both Wal-Mart, survey firm Argus as well as other top retailers including amazon What it does is it shows what toys are expected to be top sellers this upcoming Christmas season. While it is impossible to know exactly what will or won’t sell during the 2017 shopping season, this is the best “guess” from the various retailers using consumer data as well as surveys.
We have been reporting on the increasing amount of consumer debt in the United States, and it now pains us to report that the trend has not slowed down; in fact Americans are now in a record amount of debt to the tune of $12.84 trillion dollars.