Americans still sour on the economy despite falling unemployment
Americans’ assessment of the economy appears to be at odds with official unemployment statistics. But looking more deeply at job openings, hires and quits can help explain the disconnect.
Chart of the Week: How America’s poor can still be rich in stuff
While most manufactured goods are considerably cheaper than they were three decades ago, many key services are much more expensive — contributing to the paradox of greater material abundance among even poor Americans.
Botched execution in Oklahoma renews death-penalty debate
Oklahoma’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett has renewed debate about how, and whether, the U.S. should impose the death penalty.
Long-term unemployment is still high; new research suggests geography could be one reason
New research finds that living near where there are jobs significantly reduces the amount of time it takes unemployed jobseekers to find work, and that the effect is especially significant for blacks, women and older workers.
Americans agree inequality has grown, but don’t agree on why
Two-thirds of Americans say the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased, but when asked why they cite dozens of different reasons.
The facts and figures behind proposed trans-Pacific trade deal
One of the biggest and most difficult items on President Obama’s Asia agenda has been trade — in particular, unsnarling negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement. The TPP would remove trade barriers among 12 nations on both sides of the Pacific that together account for about 40% of the global economy. But as might be expected, the […]
Chart of the Week: U.S. middle class no longer the world’s richest
A New York Times chart illustrates disparities in income growth between the U.S. and other advanced economies.
Supreme Court says states can ban affirmative action; 8 already have
Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action affects more than college admissions, and more than just Michigan. Seven other states have similarly broad bans in their constitutions or statute books, and opponents of affirmative action have called on other states, and the federal government, to follow suit.
Reality check: How close are we to teleportation and Mars colonies?
We asked Americans how likely they thought five things were to happen by 2064. Here’s what they said, and what science says.
U.S. workforce more concentrated in large — and largely low-paid — occupations
U.S. employment has become more concentrated in the largest occupational categories, and well-paying jobs account for a smaller share of those large categories than they did a decade or so ago.