Employment vs. unemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly data about employment, the lion’s share of the attention goes to one figure — the unemployment rate. But that’s not the only or best indicator of where the economy stands.
Chart of the Week: Newspaper circulation around the world
Journalists and print loyalists who are dejected about the state of the U.S. newspaper business may be comforted — or perhaps made a bit envious — by the knowledge that in at least some other countries, newspaper circulation continues to rise smartly. The chart below, from The Economist’s Graphic Detail blog, uses data from the World Press […]
World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think
There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population, making Islam the second-largest religion.
Most Americans say global warming is real, but opinions split on why
Nearly seven in 10 Americans agree that there’s solid evidence the earth’s average temperature has been rising over the past few decades.
A global snapshot of same-sex marriage
Around the world and in the United States, the pace of same-sex marriage legalization has picked up in recent years.
The Mediterranean: Go for the beaches, not the mood
The Mediterranean is a sea of misery, according to the Pew Research Center’s recent report on global economic trends. Nations ringing the Mediterranean consistently rank at or near the top of multiple measures of pessimism in the 39-country survey. And, in what should surprise exactly no one, Greece has by far the bleakest outlook, topping […]
A minority of Americans own guns, but just how many is unclear
More than a third of Americans say they or someone in their household owns a gun.
Nearly half of adults say they’ve tried marijuana, but not recently
About one in eight Americans say they’ve used marijuana within the past year.
Most military, business leaders call Chinese hacking a serious problem for U.S.
Almost nine in 10 retired military leaders said cyber attacks from China are a serious problem for the United States.
What’s behind the falling teen birth rates?
The sharp drop in teen birth rates, especially among Hispanic teens, appears to be linked to both economic and attitudinal factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the birth rate among 15- to 19-year-olds had fallen to a record low 31.3 births per 1,000 in 2011. Teen birth rates dropped for […]