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.

Jan 6, 2014

Long-term unemployment remains high

Nearly four-in-ten unemployed Americans have been out of work for at least six months.

Jan 3, 2014

Under health reform, non-group insurance market will more than double

The estimated number of Americans who relied on non-group health insurance coverage before the Affordable Care Act took effect.

Jan 3, 2014

Chart of the Week: The best-performing U.S. cities

Technology and energy drove the strongest urban economies last year.

Dec 23, 2013

Congress ends least-productive year in recent history

Congress enacted 57 laws — just 49 of them substantive — in the first session of its two-year term, the smallest first-year legislative output in nearly two decades.

Dec 23, 2013

For most wireless-only households, look south and west

The states with the most wireless-only households tend to be largely rural and in the West or South; households in the Northeast are most likely to hang onto their landlines.