Aug 16, 2013

Chart of the Week: Food stamp enrollment by state, over time

Participation in the federal food stamp program soared following the 2008-09 financial crisis. Our chart of the week, from the Wall Street Journal, shows how the participation rate differed by state.

Aug 16, 2013

China’s economic influence in Asia doesn’t always lead to positive feelings

Although China’s trade ties with and economic influence on its Asian and Pacific Rim neighbors are greater than ever, that’s doesn’t automatically translate into warmer feelings toward the People’s Republic among publics in the region.

Aug 15, 2013

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.

Aug 14, 2013

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.

Aug 12, 2013

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.

Aug 9, 2013

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.

Aug 6, 2013

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 […]

Aug 2, 2013

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.

Jul 31, 2013

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.

Jul 30, 2013

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.