Forty-six percent of Bay Area residents surveyed said they are likely to move out of the area in the next few years, and 61 percent of those plan to leave California.

Though jobs are plentiful, some economists are predicting a downturn, which recalls the truism that economic forecasting makes weather forecasting look good.

The improving U.S. economy appears to be having another ameliorative effect: Talk of the "blue wave" in the Novmber elections has all but disappeared.

Polls, surveys, and other economic and financial indicators just released confirm that the U.S. economy continues to generate goods and services at a torrid pace.

Illinois has dropped from the fifth most-populous state in the union to sixth, due largely to the state taxing them out of their homes.

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