Metro-East News

Business briefing: Citizens Utility Board warns consumers of rate increase

The Citizens Utility Board says Ameren supply customers in Southern Illinois saw their electricity rates increase by 30 percent this month. According to the consumer group, the hike is due to an increase in capacity costs.

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The U.S. trade deficit fell by 19.2 percent to $40.9 billion in April after increasing to $50.6 billion in March, which had been the highest level in about seven years. Read more here.

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The number of self-employed people is growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 23 million people were self-employed in 2013, up 1.2 percent from 2012 and 24 percent higher than the total number of self-employed recorded in 2003. Find out more here.

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In Louisiana, those covered under the Affordable Care Act will soon see rate increases as high as 24 percent by next year. Learn more here.

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