Employment, unemployment and underemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its 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.
Making more than minimum wage, but less than $10.10 an hour
Last year an estimated 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers aged 18 and older in the U.S. — earned above the applicable minimum wage in their state but less than the proposed $10.10/hour minimum.
No matter how tight the race, midterm voter turnout likely to remain lackluster
If history is any guide, well under half of eligible voters will come out to vote in Tuesday’s midterms.
For most voters, congressional elections offer little drama
Most eligible voters — typically 8-in-ten or more — live in House districts with little or no real competition between candidates and parties.
Heading into midterms, Americans still as bummed out as they were in 2012, 2010
Despite somewhat better feelings about the economy, Americans’ collective mood is much the same as it was ahead of the last two general elections.
Consumer sentiment in U.S. and Europe diverging, along with their economic outlooks
Consumer confidence is rising in the U.S., reflecting its continued modest growth. But confidence has taken a tumble in Europe, which is still struggling to achieve significant, sustainable growth.
5 key takeaways on politics, media and polarization
Five key takeaways from our new report on political polarization and media habits.
Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed America’s polarized media consumption habits
We asked Amy Mitchell, our Director of Journalism Research, to discuss how the new report on media polarization was put together.
Romney (again) in 2016? That would be unusual, but not unprecedented
Only nine major-party candidates have won a second presidential nomination after losing a previous election, and only four of those won the second time around.
For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades
For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.