Inflation: Low by the numbers, but still a big public concern
About eight-in-ten Americans think rising prices are a “very” or “moderately” big problem.
Economic impact of back-to-school shopping a matter of debate
August is prime season for buying back-to-school gear. But how much all that shopping adds to the economy is unclear.
Ready or not, 77 million kids and adults heading back to school soon
As back-to-school time approaches, statistics show that projected enrollment is on the rise again after slipping a bit in recent years.
Chart of the Week: Poverty by congressional district
In the 2000s, poverty rose more in Republican congressional districts than in Democratic districts, though it’s still more prevalent in Democratic districts.
Around the world, governments promote home ownership
High on Congress’ long to-do list is deciding what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant government-run companies that dominate the nation’s mortgage market (together they accounted for 78% of all mortgage-backed securities issued in the first quarter of this year). Which is another way of saying, Congress has to decide […]
Tepid U.S. jobs data conceal modest momentum for blacks and Hispanics
Unemployment continues to be lower among whites than other groups, but job growth is slower compared with blacks and Hispanics — one reason, perhaps, why whites are the most pessimistic about the economy.
Quarterly GDP estimates: Squishy, but still valuable
The first read on each quarter’s GDP growth is eagerly anticipated by economists, forecasters and pundits of all stripes. But those numbers are almost certain to be revised; their true value lies in what they say about the U.S. economy’s overall direction.
Few students likely to use print books for research
Only 12% of teachers say their students are “very likely” to use printed books in a research assignment.
Americans want to mind their own business
Nearly half of Americans say the country should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.
Chart of the Week: How Americans pay for college
U.S. families are relying less on their own resources and more on outside sources (scholarships, loans and the like) to pay for college.