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.

Jul 19, 2013

Who makes minimum wage?

The controversy over Washington, D.C.’s “living wage” ordinance, which may prompt Wal-Mart to pull out of as many as six new stores planned for the city, has drawn new attention to those near the bottom of the nation’s wage ladder. The ordinance would require large, non-union retailers to pay their workers above the District’s $8.25-an-hour […]

Jul 19, 2013

Chart of the Week: Keeping track of the world’s richest people

If you’ve ever woken up wondering “Is Bill Gates or Carlos Slim the world’s richest person today?”, Bloomberg’s new visualization of data on the 100 richest billionaires is for you.

Jul 18, 2013

Just what is the median age of the Senate, anyway?

Liz Cheney’s decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi for re-election sets up a primary contest where the main difference appears to be generational, not ideological: Cheney, the 46-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Enzi, Wyoming’s 69-year-old third-term senior senator, both are conservative Republicans. “I think that part of the problem in Washington […]