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Friday, November 3, 2017

Change in the fertility rate (number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44) by race and Hispanic origin, 2000 to 2015:

Asian: -11%
Black: -10%
Hispanic: -25%
Non-Hispanic White: +1%


The non-Hispanic White population declined in 18 states between 2000 and 2015, including California, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Source: Demographics of the U.S., 5th ed

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Builder Confidence Edges Up

Friday, November 17, 2017

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Why Only 11% of Us Are Moving

Friday, November 17, 2017

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Empire Purchases Ownership in Stove Builder International

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Empire Group, the parent company of Empire Comfort Systems in Belleville, Illinois, has purchased majority ownership of Stove Builder International (SBI), a Canadian manufacturer of wood-fired and pellet-fired heater and hearth products, along with...

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