As Congress debates extending benefits, high long-term unemployment persists
The median number of weeks without work among unemployed Americans (as of December).
Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait
The War on Poverty was arguably the most ambitious domestic policy initiative since the Great Depression. But the overall effectiveness of the War on Poverty remains hotly debated.
Chart of the Week: Where the smokers are
A new data visualization lets you pinpoint where smoking is most and least common around the world.
5 facts about economic inequality
With issues of economic inequality becoming more prominent, a “5 Facts” primer.
Long-term unemployment remains high
Nearly four-in-ten unemployed Americans have been out of work for at least six months.
Under health reform, non-group insurance market will more than double
The estimated number of Americans who relied on non-group health insurance coverage before the Affordable Care Act took effect.
Chart of the Week: The best-performing U.S. cities
Technology and energy drove the strongest urban economies last year.
Congress ends least-productive year in recent history
Congress enacted 57 laws — just 49 of them substantive — in the first session of its two-year term, the smallest first-year legislative output in nearly two decades.
For most wireless-only households, look south and west
The states with the most wireless-only households tend to be largely rural and in the West or South; households in the Northeast are most likely to hang onto their landlines.
Chart of the Week: Coffee and tea around the world
Worldwide tea is far more popular than coffee, but preferences for one beverage over the other fall into distinct geographic patterns.