5 facts about the minimum wage
A one-day strike by fast-food workers in 100 cities set for Thursday, along with protests planned in 100 more, is refocusing attention on efforts to raise wages for the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Congressional Democrats are pushing a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum to $10.10/hour from $7.25 and index it to the Consumer Price Index. […]
Anxious about the economy, more Americans worry about their jobs
About six-in-ten Americans worry that they will lose their jobs due to the current state of the economy.
Dow soars, but only about half of Americans will benefit
About half of all Americans own stocks, either directly or indirectly.
Economy: Pew Research Center Key Data Points
Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation have remained the public’s two top priorities for the White House and Congress.
Five years after country’s fiscal crisis, wide partisan gap exists over financial regulation
The share of Republicans who say government regulation of financial institutions has gone too far is 38 percentage points higher than Democrats.
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.
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.
Black incomes are up, but wealth isn’t
Although household-income growth for African-Americans has outpaced that of whites since the 1960s, those gains haven’t led to any narrowing of the wealth gap between the races.
Are blacks as financially well off as whites? Depends on whom you ask
Despite large and persistent gaps between blacks and whites on virtually every indicator of economic well-being, about half of all whites say the average black person is about as well off financially or doing better than the average white person, according to a survey released last week by the Pew Research Center.
Mothers and work: What’s ’ideal’?
For most American mothers, part-time work would be their ideal work situation, preferred over full-time work or not working at all outside the home.