Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). Based on Census treatment, median household income for all years is adjusted for inflation. We also reviewed unemployment data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and additional 2011 ACS data on individual cities. Because the cost of living has a direct bearing income, 24/7 Wall St. considered cost of living data for Q4 2011 from the Council for Community and Economic Research. These are America’s richest states. 10. California > Unemployment rate: 11.7% (2nd highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 16.6% (18th highest) California’s economy was hit especially hard by the housing downturn. Between the end of 2006 and the end of 2011, housing prices fell 46.7%, the fourth-largest decline in the country. Median income in the state has dropped steadily since a 2007 high of $65,005, while the poverty rate has climbed from 12.4% in 2007. Unemployment, meanwhile, has increased to 11.7% by 2011, second only to Nevada and well below the national rate of 8.9% that year. California’s cities are found at both ends of the income spectrum.
An e-mail to the United States from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
“If the American administration is ready to pay this money and take the responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why dont they do it?” he asked. If Assad is going to ask for U.S. money to pay for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, what better form than the Nigerian e-mail scams we all receive. Here’s a text that President Assad should feel free to use for maximum effectiveness. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives a news conference in 2009. (Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images) SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR URGENT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL Dear United States, Hello I am Pres MR BASHAR ASSAD of Syrian Arab Republic. This is email with excitement opportunity for international communities. I am hold large stockpile deadly chemical for interest of one MR BAN KI MOON of United Nation and MR BARACK OBAMA of U.S. States. These chemicals for rebels/AlQaeda,not for civilians OK? Syrian Arab Republic is seek disposal chemical weapons, contain amount one (1) thousand tonnes (KG). We are require funds in amount U.S.$1BILLION for cost. Please I will advice that you contact me through my direct telefax number with all bank infos for dispose sarins.
Atamira Dance Company breaks into United States market
The three-week tour came about as a result of showcasing their work to overseas presenters as part of Creative New Zealands international programme. During July and August the company showcased their popular short works programme KAHA throughout Maui and Honolulu in Hawaii, San Francisco, and Massachusetts, with eight performances to more than 2,500 people and more than 20 teaching workshops. Atamira is the first Maori contemporary dance company invited to perform at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Western Massachusetts. Other tour highlights include performing at the Louis Vuitton stage at the America’s Cup Village in San Francisco including a send-off Haka for Team New Zealand; at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival (Honolulu); and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Creative New Zealand helped fund Atamiras United States debut through its International Presentation Fund, which supports touring of high quality New Zealand work. “We are proud to support New Zealand touring companies like Atamira,” says Cath Cardiff, Creative New Zealands Senior Manager Arts Policy, Capability and International. “Our international initiatives are about promoting the talent and unique contribution of our countrys artists to the rest of the world. We hope this opportunity has been a platform for Atamira to build relationships and audiences in the United States in the future.” For Atamira, the experience was as much an opportunity for cultural exchange and sharing as it was a tour of the company’s work. “It was an amazing time for us as a team to come together strongly and present our unique choreographic work in the United States,” says Atamiras Artistic Director Moss Patterson. “Being cultural ambassadors for our country was a great honour, and we hope the positive connections we established with presenters and new audiences will serve us well for future tours of the USA.” Atamira plans to tour the United States again with a full-length work in 2014/2015. Hot off the heels of their United States debut, Atamira will next perform at the Nelson Arts Festival on 17th October, and will return to Auckland for a Tempo season at Q Theatre 18-19th October. Atamira has also been successful in its bid for further funding through Creative New Zealands Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) programme for 2014/15, which they can use to develop more of the compelling and high quality Maori contemporary dance theatre that they are known for. The world in pictures