Feb 21, 2014

Chart of the Week: How metro areas drive the U.S. economy

A handful of metropolitan areas generate the bulk of U.S. economic activity.

Feb 20, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research mapped the conversations on Twitter

A conversation with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Internet Project, about the project’s new report on mapping Twitter conversations.

Feb 20, 2014

American unions membership declines as public support fluctuates

Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression

Feb 18, 2014

Minimum wage hasn’t been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades

The current federal minimum wage falls below the poverty threshold for most households. A new CBO report says raising the minimum will increase income for millions of low-wage workers but cost thousands their jobs.

Feb 14, 2014

5 facts about love and marriage

Love remains Americans’ top reason to marry. (Phew.) In a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year, 88% of Americans cited love as a “very important” reason to get married, ahead of making a lifelong commitment (81%) and companionship (76%). Contrary to generations of grandmothers’ advice that “It’s just as easy to love a rich […]

Feb 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: A long history of cable consolidation

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger comes after decades of cable-industry consolidation.

Feb 11, 2014

Americans have been lukewarm, skeptical about economy since 2000

Americans have held lukewarm-to-gloomy views of the economy for a decade and a half, in good times and bad.

Feb 7, 2014

Chart of the Week: How the Winter Olympics has raised its ‘cool’ factor

Since the early 1990s, as the Economist chart above shows, Olympics organizers have steadily added more and more freestyle skiing, snowboarding and other X Games-style events in a bid to appeal to younger viewers.

Feb 7, 2014

Who smokes in America?

CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco products comes as smoking continues to decline and smokers are consuming fewer cigarettes.

Feb 4, 2014

Facebook is a news source for many, but only incidentally

Unlike Twitter, which has developed into a go-to source for breaking news, only 28% of Facebook news consumers have ever used the service to track an unfolding news story. And even among that sub-subgroup, fewer than half (41%) said Facebook was among the first places they’d turn to keep up with a breaking news event.