Interesting research and statistics about unemployment, the jobs situation, insurance, budgeting and more.

Money and happiness: Father and son
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The Relationship Between Money and Happiness: Can Your Income Solve Your Problems?

We may have been told that money can’t buy happiness, but research shows that for most of us—at least up to a point—the two really are linked. In January 2018, the journal Nature Human Behavior published a study that that says individuals reach a point of “income satiation” when they earn between $60,000 and $75,000 […]

Man returning to work after 60
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Returning to Work after 60? You’re Not Alone

Recent research reveals that more and more Americans are returning to work after retiring from their primary careers. In fact, in 2016 more than 18% of Americans 65 or older were employed—the majority of them full-time. That number was up 6% from just 6 years earlier. As reported by The New York Times, some seniors […]

the impact of student debt on young employees infographic
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Impact of Student Debt on Young Employees

Young workers are worried about repaying their student debt, according to a recent survey by American Student Assistance®, a private nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to education. They are highly stressed out about debt, which is impacting their productivity at work. The Young Workers and Student Debt survey polled 502 young workers […]

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2018 Financial Health Leaders Podcast Series: Safety Net, LLC

Originally published on CFSI on April 5, 2018 We’re happy to announce our new 2018 Member-Exclusive Financial Health Leader’s Podcast Series, spotlighting member companies that are measuring financial health.  Listen in as we hear how Rich Fischer, Director of Innovation at Safety Net, LLC, a startup company fully owned by CUNA Mutual is using the CFSI […]

highest paying occupations infographics
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Top 10 Highest Paying Occupations

Looking for a lucrative career? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 10 highest paying occupations. The numbers below reflect the median annual pay: Orthodontists | $208,000 Anesthesiologists | $208,000 Obstetricians and gynecologists | $208,000 Maxillofacial and oral surgeons | $208,000 Surgeons | $208,000 Physicians | $206,920 General Internists | $196,380 Psychiatrists | $194,740 Family and general practitioners | $190,490 Chief executives | $181,210

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New Survey Finds 42% of Wisconsinites Have Just $1,000 or Less in Savings

Originally Published in Business Wire on Sept. 20, 2017 SafetyNet survey uncovers significant gaps in Wisconsin worker’s financial preparedness MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Americans struggle to keep up with rising expenses, such as rent, healthcare and monthly costs of living, putting money into a savings account often times falls to the wayside. That is especially true […]

Wisconsin financial wellness survey by Safety Net
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Recent SafetyNet Survey: Wisconsin’s Workforce Lives on Financially Shaky Ground

42% of Those Surveyed Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings First the good news: Unemployment in Wisconsin is at a remarkable low. Across the state the number of applications for unemployment benefits has fallen, and last spring the size of Wisconsin’s labor force hit an all-time high. What’s more, national employment trends continue to indicate […]

Old Train: The history of Labor Day
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A Hard-Earned 3-Day Weekend: This Labor Day Remember Its Roots

For most people in America, Labor Day means barbecuing with friends, camping with family, or having one last visit to the lake. But the fact that you are enjoying a long weekend before summer’s end has significant historical roots. While Labor Day parades may be a thing of the past, take a moment to pay […]

5 troubling financial statistics infographic
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5 Troubling Financial Statistics

Overall, the economy in the U.S. has been slowly recovering from the recent recession, but many Americans are still struggling financially. Of course, these 5 troubling financial statistics from different surveys tell only part of the story, but they are concerning nonetheless. 32% of people surveyed said they pay only the minimum amount due each […]

Grocery Store Comparison Infographic - Aldi wins
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Apples to Apples: SafetyNet™ Compares 4 Top Grocery Chain Prices

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]