New Trends in Home Building Designs

High-quality detailing: Regardless of home size, buyers want authentic, high-quality detailing in all aspects of the home, noted the judges. A majority of these details reflected historic and more traditional styles of architecture that focus on appropriate scale, relative proportions and accurate sizing of elements in relationship to the overall composition. Bathroom style and features:…

Major Trending Stories for January 21, 2013

Bleacher Report Tony Gonzalez 100,000+ searches Chances of Tony Gonzalez RetiringESPNFalcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Sunday’s loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game was “probably” his last NFL game, echoing his thoughts throughout the season that he was 95 percent sure he would retire after this season. You decide: Is Tony Gonzalez a Hall of Famer?Los Angeles TimesBy…

Unemployment Insurance Claims Report: January 4, 2013

Baton Rouge: Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Dec. 29, 2012, decreased to 2,505 from the previous week’s total of 3,495. The over-the-week decrease in initial claims can be attributed to a shorter work week due to the Christmas holidays for the week ending Dec. 29, 2012. Initial claims were below the comparable…

Top Employers in Baton Rouge

The following employers are the largest in the Baton Rouge area, each employing more than 1,000 people:  BASF Wyandotte Corporation, Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Dow Chemical Company, Entergy/Gulf States Utilities, Exxon Chemical Americas, Exxon Chemical Company, Georgia Gulf Corporation, Harmony Corporation, International Maintenance Corporation, J. E. Merit Construction, Inc., Our Lady of the Lake…

North Dakota is Nation’s Fastest-Growing State Since 2011

North Dakota’s total population climbed by 2.17 percent between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. This is the fastest growth of any state, and nearly three times faster than the nation as a whole, according to Census Bureau state population estimates released today. The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing our nation, states and communities to gauge…

Facts for Features – The 2012 Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for gathering and celebrating with friends and family, gifts giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics. Rush to the Stores $27 billion Retail sales by the nation’s department stores (including…