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
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
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.