The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States. The index calculates the percentage of the adult, non-business owner population that starts a business over time using data from the Current Population Survey. Learn more at

During the ACA open enrollment period, Oct. 1, 2013 to April 15, 2014, 12.8 million persons signed up for health insurance. Over 8 million purchased health insurance policies through the exchanges and 85 percent of those buyers qualified for a tax subsidy to reduce the premium cost. Another 4.8 million enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP programs in states, an 8.2 percent increase in overall Medicaid enrollees nationally.

During and after the recession, many states exhausted their unemployment trust funds—the funds from which states pay unemployment benefits—due to high unemployment rates and the extended length of time many people have been without work. At its peak in 2010, 31 states plus the Virgin Islands were borrowing nearly $40 billion. That number is down dramatically: as of April 23, 2014, 17 states plus the Virgin Islands had balances on their loans totaling $21.9 billion.

In January 2008, employment in the U.S. hit a historic high of 138.4 million. Just over two years later, that figure had fallen considerably, reaching a 10-year employment low of 129.7 million in February 2010. Since hitting that low more than four years ago, the U.S. has added almost 8.6 million jobs but total employment is still 113,000 below the historic high reached in 2008. Only 15 states have gotten back to their pre-recession employment peaks.

In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban texting while driving. Seven years later, 43 states and the District of Columbia have passed bans. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, driver distraction is a leading factor in many crashes and texting is one of the most common distractions.