Mar. 26, 2009

The Phantom Recovery

The eight-year period from 1999 through 2007 is the longest in modern U.S. economic history in which inflation-adjusted median household income failed to surpass an earlier peak.

Mar. 26, 2009

Before the Current Recession, a Phantom Recovery

Pew Research Center Executive Vice President Paul Taylor’s full testimony to the Senate Finance Committee.

Media & News Mar. 16, 2009

State of the News Media 2009

Even before the recession, the fundamental question facing journalism was whether the news industry could win a race against the clock for survival. In the last year, two important things happened that have effectively shortened the time left on that clock. Some of the numbers are chilling.

Religion Mar. 4, 2009

In Mammon We Trust? Religions Agree Economy is Issue Number One

While members of all faiths see the economy as the top priority for 2009, they are not always in agreement on what issues the government should tackle. The divide is especially large on reducing crime and moral decline in America.

Pew Research Center Feb. 20, 2009

With Crisis As Catalyst, State Governors Push Big Changes

Governors are using the economic crisis to sell big changes in how state and local jurisdictions operate, promising overhauls that could alter the face of government around the country.

Feb. 19, 2009

No Place Like Home — Even if the Value Is in the Tank

Not even a housing-led recession can shake Americans’ faith in the blessings of homeownership.

U.S. Politics Feb. 19, 2009

One-In-Five Homeowners Feels “Underwater” On Mortgages

Those who say their homes are worth less than what they owe on their mortgages are generally younger, less affluent and more likely to be Hispanic or African American than are those who feel they would at least break even if they had to sell today.

U.S. Politics Feb. 12, 2009

Jobs Worries Climb the Economic Ladder

For the public, the continuing financial crisis has been overtaken by a jobs crisis; the proportion citing jobs or unemployment as the nation’s most important economic problem has more than quadrupled to 42% since early October and concern about job loss has climbed steeply among affluent Americans.

Hispanic Feb. 12, 2009

Immigrant Latino Unemployment Rises Sharply

Job loss data reveal a rapidly worsening situation for foreign-born Hispanics, native-born Hispanics and blacks in the labor market.

Pew Research Center Jan. 21, 2009

Economy Is a Tough Subject for the Nation’s Public Schools

States traditionally have been reluctant to cut school funding during hard times, but in the current severe downturn schools are not immune.