Dec 5, 2013

U.S. income inequality, on rise for decades, is now highest since 1928

President Obama took on a topic yesterday that most Americans don’t like to talk about much: inequality. There are a lot of ways to measure economic inequality (and we’ll be discussing more on Fact Tank), but one basic approach is to look at how much income flows to groups at different steps on the economic […]

Dec 4, 2013

5 facts about the minimum wage

A one-day strike by fast-food workers in 100 cities set for Thursday, along with protests planned in 100 more, is refocusing attention on efforts to raise wages for the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Congressional Democrats are pushing a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum to $10.10/hour from $7.25 and index it to the Consumer Price Index. […]

Dec 2, 2013

China has more internet users than any other country

There are nearly 591 million internet users in China.

Nov 27, 2013

5 facts about turkeys

Americans are producing fewer but bigger turkeys, and as domestic consumption falls more of the birds are heading overseas.

Nov 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: A minute on the Internet

Keeping up with what people do online is no easy task — just ask the researchers in our Internet Project. Nor is it much easier for those seeking ways to make money off online activities — they’re changing almost too fast to keep up with. But the folks at Quartz, the  business-news site from Atlantic […]

Nov 25, 2013

Thanksgiving drivers may pay less for gasoline than last year

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline across the U.S.

Nov 22, 2013

Chart of the Week: Americans on the move

How to visualize American migration from state to state — without maps.

Nov 21, 2013

Confidence in government falls in much of the developed world

Confidence in government plunged in most developed countries in the wake of the global financial crisis, a new OECD report finds.

Nov 18, 2013

Dow soars, but only about half of Americans will benefit

About half of all Americans own stocks, either directly or indirectly.

Nov 15, 2013

Chart of the Week: Inflation and unemployment through the decades

A look at 80+ years of economic history shows a complicated relationship between inflation and unemployment.