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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]