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.

Aug 1, 2014

Chart of the Week: Which states have the most nurses, and where are they paid the most?

This interactive chart makes comparing occupational employment and pay across states not only easy but fun.

Jul 31, 2014

Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws

Midway through its second and final year, the 113th Congress remains one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.

Jul 28, 2014

Q/A: What the New York Times’ polling decision means

While online survey panels have long been used by market researchers, they’re relatively new in the opinion-research field, and views on them are sharply divided.

Jul 25, 2014

Chart of the Week: The Great Baby Recession

States that were hit the hardest by the Great Recession experienced the biggest birthrate declines.

Jul 24, 2014

Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?

Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.

Jul 14, 2014

Despite recent shootings, Chicago nowhere near U.S. ‘murder capital’

The biggest cities, such as Chicago, tend to have the most murders, but when population is factored in smaller cities tend to have the highest murder rates.

Jul 11, 2014

Chart of the Week: Where engineering and English majors end up working

A new Census Bureau data visualization depicts the relationships between undergraduate majors and types of occupations.