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.

Jul 29, 2013

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.

Jul 26, 2013

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.

Jul 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.

Jul 24, 2013

Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class

As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.