July 23, 2015

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.

MethodsJuly 21, 2015

The challenges of polling when fewer people are available to be polled

With response rates low and heading lower, how can survey researchers have confidence in their findings? Scott Keeter, director of survey research at Pew Research Center, addresses this issue and related questions.

Fact TankJuly 13, 2015

Where teens are finding summer jobs: More food service, less retail

Fewer teens are working summer jobs, but those who are are more likely to be in the accommodation and food service sector and less likely to be working retail.

GlobalJuly 9, 2015

Financial crises surprisingly common, but few countries close their banks

In more than four decades, only seven countries have imposed the kind of limits on people’s access to their bank accounts that Greeks have been under since June 28.

HispanicJuly 1, 2015

Puerto Rico’s losses are not just economic, but in people, too

In a trend that is both a consequence of and contributor to its financial woes, the island’s population is declining at a clip not seen in more than 60 years.

July 1, 2015

Share of counties where whites are a minority has doubled since 1980

As of last summer, 364 counties, independent cities and other county-level equivalents (11.6% of the total) did not have non-Hispanic white majorities – the most in modern history.

Fact TankJune 23, 2015

The fading of the teen summer job

The share of teens working summer jobs has dwindled, from well over half as recently as the 1980s to less than a third last year.

GlobalJune 18, 2015

Growth from Asia drives surge in U.S. foreign students

Asians, especially Chinese, are responsible for most of the sharp increase in foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities. Foreign students are more likely to study science, engineering and math than U.S. students as a whole, especially at the post-baccalaureate level.

HispanicMay 28, 2015

What we know about Cuba’s economy

Despite some reforms, the island country’s economy remains dominated by the government and state-owned enterprises.

ScienceMay 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.