China Expands It’s Pension Program to Cover 60% of Rural Areas

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China launched a pilot pension program as part of efforts to narrow the standard-of-living gap between rural and urban residents.

China plans to expand a piloted pension program to 60 percent of its rural areas this year, an increase from the original target of 40 percent, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang said Friday.

 

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1 in 5 American Moms Have Kids with Multiple Birth Fathers

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This kind of family structure is found at all levels of income and education.

One in five of all American moms have kids who have different birth fathers, a new study shows. And when researchers look only at moms with two or more kids, that figure is even higher: 28 percent have kids with at least two different men.

 

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Jobs of the Future Will Not Support Basic Standard of Living in U.S.

Back to School Family Finances 

Fewer than 13 percent of jobs to be created by 2018 will meet the economic security threshold for a single parent with two kids.

It’s most welcome news that job growth seems to be picking up again–even if we’ll need a whole lot more of it to get back to where we were before the Great Recession.

 

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Sharp Decline in Marriage But Family Remains Resilient

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The decline of marriage has not knocked family life off its pedestal.

The transformative trends of the past 50 years that have led to a sharp decline in marriage and a rise of new family forms have been shaped by attitudes and behaviors that differ by class, age and race, according to a new Pew Research Center nationwide survey, conducted in association with TIME magazine, and complemented by an analysis of demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

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By 2050 Our Planet Could Be ‘Unrecognizable’

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This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS).

A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday.

 

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First Baby Boomers Turn 65 in 2011, But Are They Ready for Retirement?

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The first baby boomers will turn 65 in 2011, but is this generation truly ready to leave the workforce?

“Baby boomer” is the name given to the generation born in a “baby boom” following World War II, between 1946 and 1964. There are about 78 million in all, which is 26 percent of the population. Those turning 65 this year will be eligible for Medicare, and full retirement in 2012.

 

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