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Employment
The U.S. unemployment rate in December dropped to 9.4 percent and the economy created 103,000 jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a survivor of the weekend shooting of 20 at a Tuscon political event, is breathing without the support of a respirator, and is responding to verbal commands.

President Barack Obama traded one Chicagoan for another as the White House chief of staff Thursday, selecting mayoral brother William Daley and a background deep in business and political experience to succeed mayoral contender Rahm Emanuel.

Tom DeLay, former U.S. House Majority leader and a Houston Congressman, was sentenced to three years imprisonment today for misappropriation of campaign funds.

Winter storms are battering much of the south today, with the National Weather Service issuing severe winter storm warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.

The prestigious Car of the Year award for North America has been bestowed on the Chevrolet Volt, a gas/electric hybrid that can go up to 50 miles without using any gasoline.

Last year was rough for Ray's Waldwick Pizza. The walk-in refrigerator broke down and so did the air conditioner. Sales had declined.

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HB500
For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2010 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 291 companies and Web addresses for 469 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2009.

Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

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Recursos Para Negocios
U.S. Hispanic purchasing power is projected to reach as much as $1.3 trillion by 2015. Download a free copy of the Hispanic Purchasing Power: Projections to 2015 at Hispanic Business Recursos Para Negocios site brought to you by Aflac.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
100 Influentials
Witness this year's 100 Influentials list: 100 luminaries selected from the halls of power in Washington; the corporate world; information technology professionals; the health care sector; education; the media and other areas. This year's list highlights Chicago influentials. Click through for the full list, complete with profiles.

The diversity that we have represents the growth of our business ... we're very proud of that," says Pat Harris, vice president and global chief diversity officer at McDonald's.

Diversity and inclusion programs are proving to have a much broader effect than once thought. "There's no doubt in my mind (spending with minority-owned businesses) has a positive net effect on local economies," says Joyce Ibardolasa, director of diversity and inclusion, PG&E.





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