Nov. 21, 2014

Executive actions on immigration have long history

President Obama’s executive action to protect millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation is an act that both follows and departs from precedents set by his predecessors.

Nov. 17, 2014

Where near-minimum-wage workers work, and how much they make

The restaurant and food service industry is the single biggest employer of near-minimum workers, employing 3.75 million near-minimum workers, about 18% of the total.

Nov. 14, 2014

More and more Americans are outside the labor force entirely. Who are they?

More than 92 million Americans last month were considered outside the labor force entirely. While most of them are older, the biggest increase has been among teens and young adults.

Nov. 7, 2014

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.

Nov. 5, 2014

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.

Nov. 4, 2014

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.

Nov. 3, 2014

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.

Oct. 30, 2014

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.

Oct. 24, 2014

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.

Oct. 21, 2014

5 key takeaways on politics, media and polarization

Five key takeaways from our new report on political polarization and media habits.