Jan 22, 2014

Middle East tensions top global trend for 2014

The top score (on a 1-to-5 scale) in a World Economic Forum survey of globally significant trends was “rising Middle East tensions.”

Jan 22, 2014

Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest

Young adults are significantly more likely to support Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified details of government surveillance programs.

Jan 21, 2014

Overall book readership stable, but e-books becoming more popular

The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months.

Jan 17, 2014

Chart of the Week: Many in the Americas say high joblessness can justify a coup

Significant minorities in several nations of the Americas say high unemployment would justify a military takeover of their country’s government.

Jan 15, 2014

In most states, jobless benefits capped at 26 weeks

Number of states where the maximum duration of unemployment benefits is 26 weeks.

Jan 15, 2014

College enrollment among low-income students still trails richer groups

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. On Thursday, President Obama is expected to meet with more than 100 college presidents at […]

Jan 14, 2014

As Congress debates extending benefits, high long-term unemployment persists

The median number of weeks without work among unemployed Americans (as of December).

Jan 13, 2014

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.

Jan 10, 2014

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.

Jan 7, 2014

5 facts about economic inequality

With issues of economic inequality becoming more prominent, a “5 Facts” primer.