May. 18, 2015

With trade on Congress’ agenda, just what does the U.S. import and export?

Though crude oil continues to be the nation’s single biggest import, energy exports have risen sharply. Exports of some metals and agricultural products also have grown rapidly.

May. 8, 2015

For young Americans, unemployment returns to pre-recession levels

More than half (50.9%) of the nation’s nearly 8 million unemployed for April are ages 16 to 34 – even though that group makes up just over a third of the civilian labor force.

May. 6, 2015

U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries

Among the 34 countries in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 31st in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but seventh in terms of turnout among registered voters.

Apr. 27, 2015

Job categories where union membership has fallen off most

The American public’s generally favorable view of labor unions hasn’t stopped, or even slowed, union membership’s long decline.

Apr. 22, 2015

Conservatives are among the most politically active Americans

By several measures, conservative Republicans – and conservatives more generally – are more politically active than most other segments of the population.

Apr. 22, 2015

America’s death row population is shrinking

While most Americans continue to favor the death penalty for murder convictions, far fewer people are receiving death sentences than in years past.

Apr. 13, 2015

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.

Apr. 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s nomination would end long Cabinet drought

If she wins the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, she will be the first current or former Cabinet secretary nominated by a major party since 1928.

Mar. 30, 2015

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.

Mar. 24, 2015

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.