Chart of the Week: The bipartisan federal debt limit
Raising the federal debt limit has given both Republicans and Democrats, in Congress and the White House, fits for decades.
Chart of the Week: How Detroit went bust
Charts from the Detroit Free Press depict decades of mismanagement, missed opportunities and poor fiscal choices.
Chart of the Week: A stroll down financial-crisis memory lane
A short history of the financial crisis that exploded five years ago, in one chart.
Chart of the Week: Big drop in birth rate may be leveling off
The release of 2012 statistics on the U.S. birth rates indicates a flattening of the sharp decline in fertility that accompanied the Great Recession.
Chart of the Week: Race, ethnicity and local government jobs
The Chart of the Week illustrates that whites continue to be overrepresented among high-earning local government jobs, long a source for upward social mobility, but the workforces have become more diversified over the past five decades.
Chart of the Week: Food stamp enrollment by state, over time
Participation in the federal food stamp program soared following the 2008-09 financial crisis. Our chart of the week, from the Wall Street Journal, shows how the participation rate differed by state.
Chart of the Week: Poverty by congressional district
In the 2000s, poverty rose more in Republican congressional districts than in Democratic districts, though it’s still more prevalent in Democratic districts.
Chart of the week: The problem of prison overcrowding
Prison overcrowding is a problem for countries around the world, including the United States, where 30,000 California prison inmates initiated a hunger strike in July to protest solitary confinement policies at the state’s prisons. Now in its fourth week, nearly 500 inmates are still refusing meals. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to reduce […]
Chart of the Week: How Americans pay for college
U.S. families are relying less on their own resources and more on outside sources (scholarships, loans and the like) to pay for college.
Chart of the Week: Keeping track of the world’s richest people
If you’ve ever woken up wondering “Is Bill Gates or Carlos Slim the world’s richest person today?”, Bloomberg’s new visualization of data on the 100 richest billionaires is for you.