Chart of the Week: The literacy-productivity connection
For both individuals and nations, greater literacy is linked to greater income.
5 facts about the national debt: What you should know
Basic facts on the national debt: How big it is, who we owe it to, how much we pay in interest and more
Where in the world are you? Facebook or Foursquare may know
Three-in-ten adult social media users have set up at least one of their accounts to automatically “tag” their posts with their current location.
Without government data, an alternative employment report
ADP’s monthly report on nonfarm private-sector payrolls is a reasonable alternative to the Bureau of Labor Statistics during the government shutdown.
Chart of the Week: The world’s most popular web sites
Search engines and social networking services are the most popular web sites in nearly every country, but Google and Facebook aren’t always the leaders.
Federal government shutdown: The data casualties
Which federal data sources are, aren’t and may be affected by the government shutdown.
Jewish essentials: For most American Jews, ancestry and culture matter more than religion
Most American Jews say being Jewish is primarily a matter of ancestry and culture, not religious practice.
How much might a government shutdown cost? Plenty, history says
The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).
Chart of the Week: The bipartisan federal debt limit
Raising the federal debt limit has given both Republicans and Democrats, in Congress and the White House, fits for decades.
Child labor is declining but still common in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia
The International Labor Organization estimates there are 168 million child laborers worldwide, a third fewer than in 2000.