May. 6, 2014

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.

May. 2, 2014

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.

Apr. 30, 2014

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.

Apr. 30, 2014

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.

Apr. 28, 2014

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.

Apr. 25, 2014

The facts and figures behind proposed trans-Pacific trade deal

Apr. 25, 2014

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.

Apr. 22, 2014

Supreme Court says states can ban affirmative action; 8 already have

Apr. 17, 2014

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.

Apr. 14, 2014

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.