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Big moves hit new low

The share of Americans who made a long-distance move dropped to a record low last year as many young adults, struggling without jobs, opted to stay put rather than relocate to other parts of the U.S.

New census figures show about 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 38 million people, made some kind of move to a new home. Only in 2008 was the overall mobility rate lower, at 11.9 percent.

The share of moves across states fell to 1.4 percent, or roughly 4.3 million people. It was the lowest level since the government began tracking movers in 1948.

Census data released Tuesday show large metropolitan areas in Sun Belt states continued to attract some new residents, but at a slower pace.


Obama honors quake victims

President Obama is honoring the memory of those who died in the Haiti earthquake as the first anniversary of the disaster approaches.

In a statement released ahead of Wednesday’s anniversary, Mr. Obama says he continues to be inspired by the Haitian people, who he says faced unimaginable loss with extraordinary faith and courage. The earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital and is estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people.

Mr. Obama says there has not been enough progress made to help Haiti recover from the earthquake, and there are still too many people living in tents and too much rubble on the streets.

The president says that while the people of Haiti must lead the way forward as they rebuild their country, they will have an “enduring partner” in the United States.


State lawmakers weigh big tax increase

SPRINGFIELD | A major Illinois tax increase has jumped its first legislative hurdle, setting the stage for a vote by the entire Illinois House.

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