Sep 17, 2014

On Constitution Day, a look at proposed amendments and how seldom they go anywhere

Since 2003, 465 proposed constitutional amendments have been introduced in the House or Senate, including 82 in the current Congress alone. And they all have one thing in common: None of them have gone into effect.

Sep 17, 2014

Q&A: Why one polling expert says Scotland likely to say ‘no’ to independence

Claire Durand, a sociology professor at the University of Montreal, discusses recent polling on the issue of Scottish independence.

Sep 15, 2014

In its peaceful nature and uncertain outcome, Scotland’s independence vote stands out

Scotland’s independence referendum stands out from most other such votes in two ways: its peaceful nature and doubt as to its outcome.

Sep 8, 2014

Who makes minimum wage?

Perhaps surprisingly, not very many people earn minimum wage, and they make up a smaller share of the workforce than they used to.

Sep 4, 2014

Moonlighting is less common now, despite what you might have heard

Contrary to conventional wisdom, working multiple jobs has become less common over the past two decades.

Sep 2, 2014

School days: How the U.S. compares with other countries

By now, most U.S. schoolchildren are either back in the classroom or headed there soon. As they make the transition from summer camp and bug spray to math homework and science projects, their weary parents may well wonder if children in the U.S. spend less time in the classroom than kids in other countries. The […]

Aug 29, 2014

For Labor Day, a look at the state of underemployment

Although the official unemployment rate was down to 6.2% in July, many economists and other analysts have concluded that that measure doesn’t fully capture what’s happened to the U.S. economy since the Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009.

Aug 15, 2014

As machines take on more human work, what’s left for us?

Over the next decade or two, the spread of robotics and machine intelligence likely will affect millions of U.S. workers in jobs long thought to be relatively immune to computerization.

Aug 8, 2014

Chart of the Week: The most liberal and conservative big cities

Big cities in the U.S. tend toward the liberal side of the political spectrum, even when they’re within conservative states (residents of Austin sometimes joke that their city is “an island surrounded by Texas”). But which cities are more liberal — or conservative — than their reputations?

Aug 6, 2014

Reshaping the workplace: Tech-related jobs that didn’t exist (officially, at least) 15 years ago

Technological change already has reshaped the U.S. workforce — creating new job categories while others fade away.