Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

A downside to an up economy? Mortality rates increase in better times

A new study finds that mortality rates increase during upward cycles in the economy, and decrease during downward cycles.

Sep. 25, 2013

At 42 months and counting, current job “recovery” is slowest since Truman was president

42 months after U.S. payrolls bottomed out, the economy still hasn’t recovered all 8.7 million jobs wiped out in the Great Recession — the longest and slowest recovery in the postwar era.

Fact Tank Sep. 13, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

Americans perceive an uneven recovery — and they’re right

Americans have a pretty good sense of how well different aspects of the economy have — and haven’t — recovered from the Great Recession.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2013

Doubts About U.S. Economy Persist

Five years after the stock market crash, a 63%-majority says that the U.S. economic system is no more secure today than it was before the 2008 crisis, while just 33% say that it is more secure. And most say household incomes and the job situation have improved little since the recession.

Fact Tank Aug. 9, 2013

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.

Aug. 1, 2013

A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parents’ Home

A record number of Millennials—young adults ages 18 to 31—were living in their parents’ home in 2012 due to a combination of economic, educational and cultural factors.

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.

Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2013

Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class

As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.

Fact Tank Jul. 5, 2013

Averages, medians and unemployment: Parsing the numbers

Every month when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its jobs report, people home in on one particular metric: the unemployment rate. But there are a lot of other interesting and potentially significant data in the report, though interpreting them appropriately can be tricky. Take, for example, the duration of unemployment. There’s little doubt that more […]