The average price of a gallon of gasoline reached $3.04 Friday (5/14/21), up 79 cents a gallon YTD. The last time gasoline closed a calendar year above $3 a gallon was 2013. (Source: AAA)
After the beginning of the pandemic, about 12.6 million U.S. households got a new pet. The largest national provider of veterinarian’s services, Banfield Pet Hospital, saw half-million more visits in 2020 than in 2019. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary positions are projected to grow 16% by 2029, nearly four times the average of most other occupations. (KOIN)
The United Nations estimates there were about 95,000 centenarians- people in their 100s – in 1990. By 2015 there were 450,000 and the number is soaring worldwide as life spans continue to grow. Projections suggest there will be 3.7 million centenarians across the globe in 2050 and 25 million by 2100. (Source: The New York Times)
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59% of US households made a “large purchase” during the first 4 months of 2021, i.e., January 2021 through and including April 2021, the highest percentage reported in 5 years. “Large purchases” include furniture, home repairs and automobiles. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York)