A measure of economic activity in each of the 50 states shows that the ones most reliant on the energy industry are suffering, while most of the U.S. is seeing solid growth.The Philadelphia Fed’s state coincident indexes for April, show 42 states with gains, seven with declines, and one — Indiana — unchanged, compared with their levels from January. A coincident index is set to the trend of its gross domestic product, using variables on jobs, hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate and real wages.In the 12 months to April, the U.S. index grew by 3.1%, which is stronger than what GDP data over the same period suggests. (The map shows growth over three months.)What binds the seven states in decline is their exposure to the hard-hit energy sector. North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania all are exposed to the industry through either fracking, conventional drilling, refining, or in Iowa’s case, ethanol. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A woman who has been dead for six months got a notice from the health department stating that she had tested positive for COVID-19.According to reports, Sandra Whittington died of COPD on February 16, weeks before the virus was detected near her home in Shelby County, Tennessee. Her son says the family recently received a notice saying Whittington had tested positive and that she should isolate herself from others.“I’m just having a hard time understanding how they can say someone has COVID-19 when they are not even alive,” Troy Whittington, Sandra’s son, told WATN.Whittingham says the health department claims his mother had taken a COVID-19 test on June 20, about five months after she had passed away and been cremated.The health department issued an apology to the family for the mistake.